The Museum’s collections grow each year, either through its own collection activities within research projects, or by donations from researchers, entities, and individuals. In each case, the Museum assesses the suitability of an acquisition and, once officially accepted, undertakes to ensure its long-term conservation and to make all specimens and associated information accessible. When materials arrive, they are prepared for conservation, entered in the records, and documented (place and date of collection, name of the collector, source and form of acquisition, published works, etc.). All these data are of great importance in giving scientific value to each specimen, and are added to various searchable databases.
The collection acquisitions policy contains the general guidelines (in Catalan) governing the growth of the MCNB’s collections.
For anyone wishing to make a donation, the staff of the Museum Collections Department will evaluate the offer and in due course provide details of the required documentation: a written donation offer, the object(s) description, and a statement of responsibility.
If collection registration numbers are required for the publication of type and figured specimens, it will be necessary to accept the relevant terms and conditions and complete the document Agreement for the assignment of registration numbers (Spanish).
Click here to consult Donations received by the Museum of Natural Sciences of Barcelona (in Catalan).
The Geology and Palaeontology collections will remain closed until 30 March 2022.