Current COVID-19 Operating Status
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History currently remains in a closed status for collections activities, including acquisition of collections, acceptance of donated collections, sampling, photography and other information or service requests, and incoming and outgoing loans. We appreciate your interest in resuming collections activities. Department collections staff will send updates as they become available.
Reduced Visitor Access
Paleobiology collections staff will be processing the acquisition of the fossil collection from the USGS Core Research Center in Denver through 2020. Staff availability to host collections visits will be significantly reduced during this time. Staff will not be able to accommodate every visit request and researchers may be asked to adjust the timing of their visit and/or visit duration. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation. Learn more about the collections coming to NMNH here: https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/nggdp/core-research-center/paleontology
Visit the Collections
The collections of the Department of Paleobiology are open to scientific researchers and students currently advised by researchers. Requests to visit the collections must be made at least two weeks in advance by sending a completed Visitor Registration Form to the applicable collections contact:
- Mark Florence, Deputy Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology
- Amanda Millhouse, Deputy Collections Manager, Vertebrate Paleontology
- Jonathan Wingerath, Deputy Collections Manager, Paleobotany and Sediments
Please format the subject line of the email in the following format: Visit Request [Last Name] [Day Month Year of Arrival] (e.g. Visit Request Smith 01 Jan 2018). If you are a returning visitor, you must submit a new form for each visit. All students must also submit a letter of support from their advisors, vouching for their ability to work responsibly in our collections.
It is vital that you review the visitor guidelines linked below prior to your visit. These guidelines are in place to protect the collections and the individuals working with them, and to ensure the security of the department. All visitors are expected to be familiar with these polices and we reserve the right to revoke visitor privileges at our discretion.