Wednesday, February 01, 2012

NPS Searchable Online Database

Now live online at

This searchable online database provides access to thousands of images and records from the National Park Service (NPS) museum collections. NPS museum collections include diverse disciplines and have unique associations with park cultural and natural resources, eminent figures, and park histories. Online visitors can perform simple or advanced searches by keyword, park name, object name, people, places, and date. Visitors can also browse or search collection highlights and park summaries.

These objects come from National Park Service (NPS) museums. NPS museums collect objects specific to the mission of the individual parks and interpret those collections in their original context. The collections are site-specific, that is, they pertain to that particular NPS site. With the exception of house museums, most other museums gather thematic collections from many different sites and house them in one place.

This project is an ongoing initiative. The records found in this database will vary in the level of detail. Records and images will be updated and added on a continued basis. Currently there are 44 parks with collections online representing over a million objects. We expect this number to grow considerably in 2012.

Please browse, enjoy, and learn from the collections!

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