Most of the repatriation claims to date have been for the return of human remains, the majority of which were obtained during archaeological excavations.
As of October 1, 2011, the remains of an estimated 5,619 individuals, 182,553 funerary objects, and 52 sacred objects and/or objects of cultural patrimony have been offered for repatriation by the National Museum of Natural History. The museum also has a number of pending repatriation
requests which we are actively working to address.
For more information visit the tables of Completed
Repatriations (pdf file) for details. For non-repatriation related
collections requests, please visit the website
of the Collections
Management Division of the Department of Anthropology, where you may also Search the Anthropology Collections