Anthropology Collections and Staff

Artifacts on shelves and in boxes at the Museum Support Center (MSC) in Maryland with collections staff in the background.

Display of artifacts at the Museum Support Center (MSC) in Silver Hill, Maryland with collections staff in the background. The Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Support Center consists of storage pods, offices and labs in a unique zigzag-shaped design, covering 4½ acres of land. To ensure the collections are available for future generations, the environment within the MSC is strictly controlled year-round to minimize impact on collections. Image  2009-29227 by Chip Clark, Smithsonian.