Loan Program

The National Museum of American History (NMAH) is committed to providing access to its collections through the loan of objects to non-profit, educational institutions for educational and scholarly purposes. The Museum’s collections total approximately two million objects and represent material evidence of the nation’s heritage in the areas of science, technology, and culture. Loans of collection objects to qualified institutions for exhibition and research are an integral part of NMAH’s mission to make the national history collections accessible to the widest possible audience.

Information on our Outgoing Loan Policies and Procedures can be reviewed in the forms below. Please note NMAH has an 8-month lead time for outgoing loan requests. The formal loan request letter with a specific object list and a completed AAM facility report must be received by the NMAH Loan Program Office at least 8 months before the borrower wishes to receive the objects.

Preliminary inquiries on object availability should be made well in advance of the 8-month lead time. Please contact the NMAH Loan Program with questions or for additional information about our loan policies and procedures. Loan requests should be submitted directly to the NMAH Loan Program.


Contact Information

For general information on loan policies and procedures:

Margaret Grandine, NMAH Loans Manager
Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 37012
National Museum of American History
Room 1230, MRC 667
Washington, DC 20013-7012

Email: Contact Form
Telephone: 202-633-3879

For inquiries on object availability:

Visit our Department of History page, where you may find contact information for divisions devoted to topics related to the Museum’s collections.

Members of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program please contact:

Rosemary Phillips, NMAH Affiliations Program Manager

Email: Contact Form
Telephone: 202-633-3322

Please note that though changes are infrequently made to this website, it is important to check back before submitting an application to the Loan Program Office to ensure you have the latest version of all application materials.

This page was last updated on June 1, 2016.