Appointments are strongly recommended
Email The Museum Collection Staff
2C Albright Avenue, Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
(Located across from the Albright Training Center)
What is the Grand Canyon Museum Collection?
The Grand Canyon Museum Collection is a storage and research facility dedicated to preserving the physical artifacts that tell the various aspects of the Grand Canyon story. The storage facility, completed in 1999, has over 6,000 square feet of climate-controlled storage and research space, and houses over 900,000 objects from seven different disciplines: archeology, ethnology, history, archive/ manuscripts, biology, geology and paleontology. Staff receive more than 2,000 research requests each year.
The Grand Canyon Museum Collection is open for study and research purposes to any interested researcher. In order to maintain its integrity, the collection may be used for reference only in a non-consumptive manner.
The Archeology Collections:
• Lithic tools dating back 12,000 years to the Paleo-Indians
The Ethnology Collections:
The material artifacts of the native cultures that have inhabited the Grand Canyon region from the historic period through the present, including:
• Havasupai baskets
The History Collections:
The non-archeological material artifacts of the non-native cultures at Grand Canyon, including:
• John Wesley Powell’s pocket watch
The Archives/ Manuscript Collections:
The document collections that tell the Grand Canyon story through photos and in writing, including:
• 230 linear feet of park archives
The Biology Collections:
A collection of plant and animal specimens that document the life zones of the Grand Canyon region, including:
• 10,000 herbarium specimens, including the Rose Collom, Walter Cottam and Merkle collections
The Geology Collections:
• The John Maxson schist collection
The Paleontology Collections:
The fossil remains from past geologic periods at Grand Canyon, including:
• Bass limestone stromatolites
The Museum Collection has a collection of over 20,000 black and white photographs that may be loaned, scanned or purchased for exhibit, research and publishing projects. Several photos can also be copied onto CD-Rom’s for purchase.
Onsite photocopying services are available.
The park is always seeking donations to enhance the collections. Contact Museum Collection staff for information about donating photographs, documents, or other materials.
Did You Know?
From Yavapai Point on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, the drop to the Colorado River below is 4,600 feet (1,400 m). The elevation at river level is 2,450 feet (750 m) above sea level. Without the Colorado River, a perennial river in a desert environment, the Grand Canyon would not exist.