Loan Requests

Loans of samples from the collection are typically only made to qualified institutions for exhibit, education or non-destructive research purposes. Loan requests for MGMH specimens must be submitted in writing and include the following information:

  • Details of the specimen/s being requested for proper selection of specimen/s to be loaned (catalogue number, locality, etc.)
  • Nature and purpose of the loan: exhibit, education and/or non-destructive research
  • The requested duration of the loan within the one-year maximum
  • Non-destructive research requests should outline the nature of the study and the expected results

Requests should be sent to the curator of the museum, Raquel Alonso-Perez, at Please allow up to two weeks for a response to a loan request.

Individuals should be aware that loans are typically not made to those not affiliated with an educational or research institution, but exceptions can be made for certain circumstances. Unaffiliated individuals should contact the museum to discuss the nature of their loan request, the purpose of the loan and the duration of the loan.  Unaffiliated individuals requesting a loan should be prepared to provide similar information to that requested of institutions.