Museum Resource Center—National Capital Area
The Museum Resource Center (MRCE) serves as the central curatorial facility for the National Park Service, Region 1 - National Capital Area. The Center is responsible for the care and preservation of museum objects for park units in the states of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and District of Columbia. Those objects not currently on exhibit at the various historic homes and properties throughout the region are housed for the parks at the Center, including collections from Arlington House—The Robert E. Lee Memorial, Mary McLeod Bethune Council House, the Clara Barton National Historic Site, Fords Theatre, and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. MRCE also houses a variety of archival materials and a vast array of archeological and natural history specimens. NPS curatorial staff includes specialists in collections management, curation, and preservation.