The Division of Fishes loans specimens to qualified domestic and international scientists and graduate students with stated research objectives. Loans must be sent to a permanent staff member of the requesting institution (for students, that person is typically one's advisor). For wet material requests, your facility must have the necessary preservation supplies (storage containers and non-denatured 75% or 95% ethanol) to maintain specimens properly.
Current Covid-19 Operating Status
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