While the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History exhibition spaces will partially open to the public on June 18th, our collections remain closed to most staff and all researchers, and the museum’s COVID-19 loan moratorium remains in effect. Currently, there is no capacity to accommodate collections activities including visits, image requests, loans, and shipments. While there is no current date set for when on-site collections activities will resume, we will update as soon as this changes.
The Division of Amphibians and Reptiles lends genetic resources (tissues, DNA extracts, and microbiome samples) from its research collections for scientific and educational purposes that are consistent with the curatorial policies of the Division and with the goals and objectives of the National Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution.
Loans are made only to institutions and in care of a permanent staff member who assumes full responsibility for the use (including adhering to benefit sharing agreements and MOUs), storage, and if applicable, the timely return of unused material. Loan requests from students must be co-signed by their major professor or other professional staff member, who thereby assumes full responsibility for the loan.