Access to the Collections

Access to collections is permitted for research and educational purposes by approval of the divisional Curator or his/her designee, usually the Collection Manager. The Division of Birds strongly encourages not-for-profit research, outreach, and education involving the collections and the collective expertise of Division staff and students. Other proposed uses may be considered by the Curator and Collection Manager, and a service fee may be charged to offset the costs of building and maintaining the collection.

The Division of Birds has the right to deny access to individuals or representatives of organizations who propose to use the collections in ways that are contrary to the objectives of the Museum or Division. Reasons may include: excessive costs to the MSB in terms of staff effort and use of facilities, unjustified consumptive use of specimens, or Curator's discretion.

Visitors to the collection should call or write in advance of their visit to the MSB Division of Birds by contacting the Curator or Collection Manager [link to contact page]. First-time users of collections will be trained in specimen handling and arrangement before access to the collections is granted. All specimens used for study are reinstalled by division staff. A list of all specimens used or examined should also be given to the Collection Manager.


Educational tours of the collection may be provided by the Curator, Collection Manager or other designated staff, as staff time allows. Please contact the museum administrator to request a tour.