In order to focus our staff and other resources on the Museum’s extensive renovation and construction project, our study centers will be closed July 31, 2018, through 2019. We are aware of the inconvenience this temporary closure may pose to your research, and hope you understand why this is necessary during this busy and exciting period for us. For further questions and to discuss how best to plan for your needs prior to July 31, please use the contact information below. We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Architecture and Design Study Center

The Lily Auchincloss Study Center for Architecture and Design allows researchers access to reference materials related to the Museum’s collection of architectural drawings, models, and photographs, as well as design objects, graphics, and the Mies van der Rohe Archive. By appointment Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. For more information, email

Drawings and Prints Study Center

At the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Drawings and Prints Study Center, researchers can access the Museum’s extensive collection of works on paper, including drawings, prints, illustrated books, artists’ books, and multiples. Curatorial files on works may also be available for consultation. Open to individuals by appointment only, Monday and Wednesday, 2:00–5:00 p.m. (please review visit guidelines. All course visit requests for the fall 2017 academic semester are due by August 18, 2017, and all course visit requests for the spring 2018 academic semester are due by January 12, 2018. (Please review course visit guidelines). To request an appointment please fill out the online form. For more information, please email:

Painting and Sculpture Study Center

The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Painting and Sculpture Study Center maintains files on more than 3,400 paintings and sculptures in the Museum’s collection. Material on individual works may include archival photographs, label and catalog texts, press clippings, press releases, and correspondence. By appointment Wednesday and Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Call (212) 708-9653 or email:

Photography Study Center

Researchers can use the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Photography Study Center to consult photographs from the Museum’s collection. The Study Center is available by appointment only, on Mondays from 2pm-5pm, October through May. Class visits should be booked at least 3 months in advance. Please note that only 15 people, including the teachers may be present in the room at one time. Individual appointments should be made at least 4 weeks in advance. To request an appointment please fill out the online form. For more information, please email:

Media and Performance Art Study Center

The Media and Performance Art Study Center facilitates viewings of collection works and provides access to selected related documentation. The Study Center is open by appointment only, Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m, with a minimum of four weeks advance notice. Contact the Study Center using the online form.

Film Study Center

The Celeste Bartos International Film Study Center offers screening facilities for viewing films from the Museum’s collection; a large selection of screenplays and dialogue continuities; extensive files of reviews, articles, and program notes; reference books; special collections; film indexes; and current periodicals. Films and documentation are made available only to scholars, researchers, and students. To request an appointment please fill out the online form. Appointments are available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. All appointments need to be made at least three weeks in advance.

The catalog of film collection holdings is not available online. You must fill out the online form to see if a title is available for viewing. A partial list of Special Collections holdings is available.

For more about the Film Study Center, see the FAQ. If you have further questions please call (212) 708-9602 or email

Circulating Film and Video

The Circulating Film and Video program makes available more than 1,200 16mm prints covering the history of film from the 1890s to the present, as well as art films from the American Federation of the Arts and 35mm films from The Library of Congress. The program also incorporates an important collection of works by leading video artists, which are available for rental or sale in all formats. For information on rental or sale of films and videos, please see the Circulating Film and Video Library section for more information.

Film Stills Archive

The Film Stills Archive is located at The Celeste Bartos Film Preservation Center in Hamlin, Pennsylvania. The collection is available to researchers and scholars by appointment only. Please fill out the online form to make any requests.

You may also contact the following organizations:

32 East 31 Street, fifth floor
New York, NY 10016
(212) 633-6330

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023-7498
(212) 870-1630

Academy Film Archive
Center for Motion Picture Study
Margaret Herrick Library
333 South La Cienega Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 247-3020
Special collections: (310) 247-3000

The British Film Institute
Stills, Posters and Designs
21 Stephen Street
London W1T 1LN
020 7957 4797
Fax: 020 7323 9260

George Eastman House
Motion Picture Department
Stills, Posters and Paper Collections
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 271-3361, ext. 279
Fax: (585) 256-3397

Photo: The Lily Auchincloss Architecture and Design Study Center in The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. © 2006 Timothy Hursley