The Museum Resource Center (MRCE) serves as the central curatorial facility for the National Park Service in Washington, DC and parts of Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia (Region 1 - National Capital Area). In addition, MRCE serves as the office for the National Capital Area (NCA) Museum, Archeology, and Architectural Conservation Programs. MRCE houses collections from national parks including: Antietam National Battlefield, Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Catoctin Mountain Park, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park, Manassas National Battlefield Park, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Monocacy National Battlefield, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Piscataway Park, Prince William Forest Park, Rock Creek Park, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. It also houses a variety of archival materials and a vast array of archeological and natural history specimens. 

The Museum Resource Center is not open to the public. Access to collections and services is available by appointment only. Please contact us to request an appointment.

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Collections at MRCE

Archeology, Historic, and Natural History Collections, & Archival Material

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NCA Museum Program

Caring for museum objects, and providing accountability, preservation, training, exhibits, research, acquisition, & accreditation.

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Studying and preserving park archeological sites and collections.

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Architectural Conservation

Conserving and restoring the fabric of historic structures.

Last updated: January 12, 2022