Access to the collections

The Redpath Museum provides access to the collection for research, education and public programs. Access is provided in a number of ways, including permanent exhibits, public program events, school visits, electronic catalogues and loans.


The Redpath Museum, McGill University, will be suspending our collections based activities, pertaining to loans, collections visits, as well as volunteer and internship programs, as we cannot maintain such activities, under the current conditions related to the covid-19 pandemic. We will reinitiate these programs once we have the capacity to do so.

If you have questions for a particular department or division, or if you have general questions about the Redpath Museum loan program, feel free to reach out to our curatorial staff through our Collections Team tab.

We appreciate your continued patience during this period.

Access to the collections of Zoology, Palaeontology and Mineralogy

Access to the collections is restricted to curators and curatorial staff, faculty and students who need to use the collections for research or teaching, and to visitors with supervision.

The access is controlled by the curators and curatorial staff of each department (contacts).

  • The curator or curatorial technician must be contacted in advance and an appointment is necessary for accessing the collections. In a written request, visitors must demonstrate the legitimacy of their use of the collection (e.g. research project).
  • Only professionals can have access to the collections for research; this includes students (request must be approved by the student’s supervisor).
  • Visitors can access the collections only between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday, only for research purposes, and under adequate supervision.
  • Unsupervised access may be granted but is restricted to staff and authorized persons (e.g. students)
  • Arrangements have to be made in advance if some specimens are needed on week-ends (e.g. family workshops)
  • McGill teachers are encouraged to use the teaching laboratory and the gallery of the Redpath Museum to limit loans for non-research purposes. Temporary exhibits can be prepared in the gallery for some courses.
  • Consultations take place in the curator’s office whenever possible, rather than in the storage area. The curator or appointed staff member will be present throughout the consultation.
  • A fee will be charged for any authorized commercial use of the collections. Resource limitations, conservation requirements and security concerns are considered and can limit access to the collections.


Specimens from the Redpath Museum collections are available on loan for scientific studies or public exhibition. In general, specimens are not available to non-academic or non-professional users (e.g. private collectors, hobbyists, clubs, and artists).

  • Loans for scientific projects are made to individuals working in recognized institutions. Loans for students will be made to their supervisors who are responsible for the material on loan.
  • Loans of type specimens cannot be granted. Loans of figured specimens may be authorized in exceptional circumstances.
  • The initial loan period is of 6 months and can be renewed for a year.
  • A processing fee will be paid by professional users when the loan is for commercial purpose.
  • The material on loan cannot be transferred by the borrower to any other individual without prior approval by the curator.

The Redpath Museum reserves the right to refuse to make loans at its discretion.

The Redpath Museum welcomes enquiries regarding the collections, but please note that access to the collections is for research and teaching purposes only. 

Land Acknowledgement

McGill University is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg nations. McGill honours, recognizes and respects these nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we meet today.

The Redpath Museum's director EDI statement.

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