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Collections & Museum Library


The Arizona Museum of Natural History holds approximately 58,000 objects in trust for the people of Mesa and the state of Arizona. The collections focus primarily on the natural and cultural history of central Arizona and the greater Southwest. These objects are acquired mainly through donations and active excavation programs in archaeology and paleontology. Collections in storage are rotated into exhibitions as space permits, and/or are used for educational programs, research and publications. The collections are available by appointment only for researchers and visitors with appropriate credentials.

Collections Contacts:

Due to funding constraints, our photographic collections are not currently available.

For questions about the Library collections, or general questions about collections, please call (480) 644-3422 Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For donations or questions about the Archaeology, Ethnology, and Art collections, please contact Emily Early (480) 644-5907 or e-mail her at

For donations or questions about the Paleontology, Natural History or Mineral collections, please contact Dr. Robert McCord at (480) 644-4098, Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


The Arizona Museum of Natural History Research Library is a non-circulating library specializing in Southwest natural and cultural history. Located on the second floor of the museum, it is open Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m. Other times are available by appointment; please call (480) 644-2277 to schedule an appointment.