Research and study centers are now open. Please note, hours and openings have changed.
Each research area has its own specific protocol based on factors such as capacity, nature of the collection materials, and appropriate social distancing and COVID-19 related requirements. The separate protocols are available upon request. A summary of the key requirements are listed below:
- Limited capacity in each research area will allow for social distancing.
- All researchers are required to wear face masks that cover nose and mouth at all times while at the museum.
- Before entry all researchers are required to complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
- After receiving their visitor badges, researchers will be met by the appropriate staff and directed to the closest handwashing facility.
- After washing their hands, researchers that will be handling collection objects will wear nitrile gloves (provided) and must not use hand sanitizer, which can leave a residue harmful to the objects.
- Personal items, such as backpacks, should be placed in a designated area within each research area.
- All tables, spaces, materials used, and handled collection objects will be properly treated after use. Please contact the specific collections manager to learn more about these procedures.
Researchers and the public may access the collections on-site by making an appointment with the respective department(s). The library and all study centers and archives are accessible by appointment only. See hours and contact information below.
Questions? Check out our Research Appointment & Study Center FAQ
Richard and Ronay Menschel Library
Wednesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.
The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library is a non-circulating research and reference library. Materials must remain on-site.