Vertebrate Paleontology

Visiting the Collection

The collections of the Section of Vertebrate Paleontology will be closed to collection visitors from October 27, 2014–February 28, 2015 for collection room renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience this will cause. We will try to accommodate loan requests (note that holotypes cannot be borrowed). Please contact the Collection Manager to schedule a visit after February 28, 2015.

Please contact the collection manager or the appropriate curator at least one month in advance to schedule your visit. The collection is generally open for study Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. If you would like to study specimens on exhibit, it is best to schedule your visit on a non-summer Monday when the museum is closed to the public.


Loans will be made to qualified institutions at the discretion of the appropriate curator. Loans to graduate students will be addressed to their advisors. Specimens currently being used by in-house researchers may not be loaned until that work is completed. We do not loan holotypes, dinosaurs, or specimens deemed to be too fragile. The loan period is generally for two years, and extensions may be granted upon written request. CT scanning, destructive analysis, molding and casting, or preparation is prohibited without prior written consent from the appropriate curator.