Museum and Archives Reference Services are unavailable until further notice. We regret that no staff is available to assist with access to archival collections, objects or specimens at the present time.
The Research Library contains over 600 books, research files, and media relevant to the cultural and natural resources of the park.
The museum's archives contain over 754,690 records, photographs, documents, maps, plans, drawings, and administrative documents.
The museum's cultural and natural history collections currently consist of 22,610 artifacts, objects, and specimens. Records and documents associated with the museum's cultural and natural resources collections are in the park's archives.
Non-federal museum and university collection repositories often house NPS collections resulting from approved and permitted research project collecting. Completed research permit project reports, and information on how to obtain a research permit are available at the Integrated Resource Management Applications (IRMA) portal website.
In order to expand the research potential of the collections, the museum actively collects within our scope of collections.
The Point Reyes National Seashore Museum provides online access to collections at NPS Museum Catalog. We currently have over 1,000 records with images online. Digitization of collections is an ongoing effort. Digitized collections available on the NPS Museum Catalog are always growing, so check back often.
Non-federal repositories holding NPS collections often provide online database access to objects, specimens, associated records, articles, and reports that you won't find in the NPS Museum Catalog.
Non-circulating books, audio visual media, and subject reference files of print materials.
These focus on the themes described above, particularly rare and unpublished materials.
Papers, studies, theses, dissertations, and journal articles produced through contemporary scientific studies and research at the park on natural and cultural topics.
Last updated: September 23, 2022
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station,
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; fire danger information; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.