Permission to visit the collections is granted by the
Curator in charge of that collection.
Invertebrates, minerals, rocks, meteroites, micromounts -
Paleobotany - Dr. Miller
Vertebrate paleontology - Dr.
Fossil mammals - Dr. Stucky
You may contact them via phone, e-mail, or letter, although
e-mail is probably the most reliable. If you cannot reach the
appropriate curator, contact the Collections
Manager or Assistant Collections Manager. See
the following guidelines for further details.
Guidelines for Visiting
Welcome to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and
thank you for your interest in our collections! We appreciate
the opportunity to share our collections with a wider
audience. These guidelines are designed to help make your
research experience a bit easier. Please feel free to ask any
of the Earth Sciences staff if you have further
Your host will provide you with a tour of the collections
areas you will be working in and show you where the specimens you
need are located. (Remind them to point out the location of
the nearest restrooms!) If you need one, your host will
also give you a user name and password for accessing the wireless
internet. Your host is responsible for providing you physical
access to the collections.
Please let your host know what you need in terms of
materials such as a work space, copy stand, microscope, etc.
If in need of assistance, check with your host, or if they are
unreachable (in a meeting, perhaps), contact the collections
The collections spaces are open 9-5 Monday-Friday.
If you need to work outside of these hours, please let your host
know early on so that arrangements can be made. Please do not
expect to stay late or come in on weekends unless you have made
prior arrangements with your host.
Specimen Care and Handling:
Gloves are not necessary for most of the specimens. Your host
will let you know of any specific handling concerns.
Please move the specimens as little as possible to reduce the risk
Ask for help when moving heavy, awkward, or fragile
Food and Drink:
Food is not allowed in any of the collections areas.
Check with your host about drinks such as coffee.
We allow photography on all of the earth sciences
collections. You can request existing photographs from the
Image Archivist. If you are going to use a photograph of a
DMNS specimen (even if you took it) in a publication, you must get
permission from the DMNS Image Archivist Rene Payne.
- All loans must be approved by a curator.
- Type specimens are not loaned out except in unusual
- Specimens from active research collections will not be loaned
except in unusual circumstances.
- If you are a student, the loan must be to your advisor.
- The maximum term for a loan is one year, with possible
- If the appropriate curator is not available to approve a
loan, we will ship the specimens to you at a later date
after obtaining approval.