To get an overview of the history of the museum, you can read a decade-by-decade history on the Our Story page. This page will tell you about our origins, major exhibitions and acquisitions, as well as building campaigns.
The name, as well as the physical location, of the museum has changed since the museum first opened in 1876. Below you'll find key dates, names, and locations, which should aid you in your research.
The Archives serves as the Museum’s corporate memory and documents the key activities of our directors, curators, and virtually all other departments involved in programs and operations since our founding in 1876. Our collections also include the personal papers and manuscript collections of people related to the Museum, which helps us tell the story of the institution and its collections.
You can learn more about our archival collections and booking an appointment here