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Collections Move

The University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology collections are being relocated to a new, state-of-the-art facility, and due to packing and inventory tracking requirements, the vertebrate, invertebrate, and paleobotany collections may, at times, be unavailable for study during this process.  The relocation is expected to continue over approximately two years, with completion occurring in spring of 2018.  Please note that the specific relocation schedules and suspension/resumption of services differ for each collection and may be subject to change. Please check this site for the latest information on access.  We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the collection closures and hope that you will visit us at our new facility in the future.

  • Vertebrate Collections- As of April 1, 2016, the Vertebrate Paleontology collections will not be accepting requests for research visits or new loans.  We will continue to accept loan returns and process accessions. 
  • Invertebrate Collections- Limited access; requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. We will continue to accept loan returns.
  • Paleobotany Collections- Available for research visits, loans, loan returns, and other requests.

Paleontology at Michigan is organized in four subdisciplines:

These are "curatorial sections" in the Museum of Paleontology and reflect how collections are organized. Resources devoted to subdisciplines and museum sections reflect, to some extent, the history of interest and activity in each.

Requests to study specimens should be made in writing (by letter or email) and addressed to the appropriate curator. It is important that requests to study specimens be made well in advance of any anticipated visit because curators are sometimes in the field, and access to some collections involves logistical complications. It is also important that requests be sufficiently detailed that notice can be given if specimens of interest are on loan elsewhere or currently under study here.

Copies of requests to study Invertebrate and Vertebrate specimens may be sent to the Invertebrate Collection Manager or to the Vertebrate Collection Manager, as appropriate.