The Collection

The Smithsonian has launched its Open Access Initiative. Images of objects from the NMAAHC collection are now available to view, download, and share through a CC0 license.​

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Collection Hiatus

Beginning August 1stthe museum will initiate a six-month hiatus on accepting new collections.   We will use this period to update our collections processing, ensuring the highest standards of collections care and management. The museum will relaunch its collecting efforts in February 2020.

Please do not mail any original material directly to the Museum.
Any unsolicited items sent to the Museum will be returned to the sender.

Thank you for your generous support.

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