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Collections Access

NOTE: Collections are currently closed to in-person access due to COVID restrictions. We are still able to provide loans to qualified individuals, or photographs and collection database data.

The Alf Museum’s collections are available for study during regular weekday museum hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm). Arrangements can be made by contacting curator Andy Farke via email ( In order to best accommodate your research needs, we advise that collections visit requests be made at least one week in advance. We are happy to assist with any queries as to the types of specimens in the collection that may be of interest for your research.

If your research activities involve molding, consumptive sampling (e.g., paleohistology or isotopic sampling), or other potentially “unusual” techniques, advanced notice is required. Particularly for specimens from federally managed lands, additional documentation and consultation may be necessary, so please allow adequate time (a minimum of 1-2 months) to make arrangements.