The Museum can provide access to its research collections to students, scientists and researchers subject to conditions and guidelines.

Internally, resident staff members of the Museum have free access to the research collections in the Sections to which they belong. Their use of collections in other Sections of the museum requires the approval of the Museum Director upon recommendation of a curator. Museum personnel other than curators and research project personnel are not allowed access to research collections except as may be needed in the execution of their duties or when on specific instructions by their immediate supervisors.

Other students and researchers are considered visitors to the Museum and thus, they must first seek permission from Director in order to access the collections he or she intends to visit. A written request must be forwarded in advance, and in it the purpose and duration of study to be made and the taxa to be examined must be specified. 

Normally, upon approval of the request, the staff-in-charge shall prepare MNH Form No. 15: Permit to Conduct Activity in the Museum of Natural History Research Collections and Laboratories. The following should be strictly observed:

  1. Examination of collections by visitors shall be done only within the museum, preferably during regular office house. No specimens are to be taken out except those on loan which are covered by a separate set of policies.
  2. All visiting users of collections are required to register in a log book their names, institutions where affiliated, and the taxa to be examined.
  3. All users, residents or visitors, must follow specific instructions for handling specimens. Extreme care must be exercised in handling all specimens, and the necessary precautions must be taken against pests, breakage, excessive moisture, and fire.
  4. Physical arrangement of collections, identifications of specimens and notations on labels may be changed only with the Curator’s permission,
  5. Research collections may not be used for teaching purposes.

However, due to the current health emergency situation, there is a new protocol for visitation. Read the memorandum at