Accessing the collections

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Over 10,000 scientists, students and collections management specialists visit the Museum's collections every year.

Visiting the collections

Visitors to the collections are generally scientific professionals with research interests who are admitted by appointment only.

Most visitors to the collections are scientific professionals with research interests such as visiting scientists, research students and collections management specialists wishing to visit the Earth or Life Sciences Collections, Library and Archives or Core Research Laboratories.

Access to the Museum's collections may also be granted to volunteer workers, responsible members of natural history organisations and private citizens with a demonstrable academic interest in our collections.

We regret that research access is not provided to anyone under the age of 18. 

Any questions ?

If you have any questions about accessing the collections for research purposes please contact the appropriate collections manager or curator.

Visitor information

Loans

Collection material can be loaned for scientific research purposes to approved borrowers, subject to certain conditions. 

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Collections online

Take a look at our online collections to see if we have the specimens you need.