The Jeffersonian Institute is a governmental institution, and the home to the Medico-Legal Lab, which consists of a team of forensic specialists that frequently consult with FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. Anthropology unit' Medico-Legal Lab now Forensic Division, a new division formed during the summer of 2006.


The Jeffersonian Lab is bombed by Mark Kovac in "The Day in the Life", resulting in severe damage. Despite this, the building remained structurally intact enough to be used in "The End in the End" to analyze the available forensic evidence, but after Kovac's death, the Jeffersonian is shut down for a few weeks to undergo repairs.

Jeffersonian Institute staff[edit | edit source]

Management[edit | edit source]

  • Dr. Bancroft- Head of the Jeffersonian
  • Dr. Camille Saroyan- Head of the Forensic Division, a new division formed during the summer of 2006.
  • Dr. Jack Hodgins - Interim head of the Forensic Division while Doctor Camille Saroyan takes a brief leave of absence.

Forensic Division[edit | edit source]

  • Temperance Brennan- Chief forensic anthropologist who is almost legendary in her line of work.
  • Angela Montenegro- A forensic artist that uses technology.
  • Jack Hodgins- An entomologist, botanist, mineral expert.
  • Clark Edison- One of Dr. Brennan's rotating assistants; subsequently promoted to head of historic forensic anthropology.

Other departments[edit | edit source]

Inside Forensic Division[edit | edit source]

Forensics Platform[edit | edit source]

Where Brennan and her team do their work by examining the bodies of the deceased or murdered victims that have been found. The area where the bones or corpses of the deceased are stationed is guarded by an invisible laser to keep the remains and possible evidence safe from contamination or tampering.

In order for them to access the area, each employee must swipe their ID card into the machine at the entrance which in turn grants them entry. Failure to do so will result in a loud alarm being triggered that will only stop once another ID card has been inserted into the machine. Various guards are regularly seen stationed in or outside the area. All the employees at the Jeffersonian possess ID cards, with Booth later receiving his own ID card courtesy of Brennan although it is rarely ever seen.

Brennan's Office[edit | edit source]

Whenever she's not in the field or working on bodies, Brennan spends most of her time in her own office, filing reports, doing paperwork and also writing up her next possible novel.

Angela's Office[edit | edit source]

Where Angela does her own work and also uses her own specially designed computer system (known as the 'Angelator' and later the 'Angelatron') to give the team a glimpse or an insight into what the victims looked like before decay left their bodies unrecognizable as well as possibilities into how they died.

Autopsy/Cam's Office[edit | edit source]

Where Cam performs her own autopsies on the victim's remains before they are taken away to have their flesh removed so that Brennan and her team can look at the bones to identify the victim, locate forensic evidence, or find any possible causes of death. She also has her office here.

Zack's/Hodgins' Ookey Room[edit | edit source]

In the first three seasons Hodgins often worked at a lone desk in the Forensic Area but in recent seasons, he moved into Zack's old office, unwillingly. This is also the place Zack and Hodgins often did their experiments. In addition, Hodgins regularly keeps some of his bugs here. He discovered that the Jeffersonian was a Masonic Construction through the claims of a Conspiracy Group in The Proof in the Pudding. There is a fake wall in the janitor's closet that covers a ladder that leads to the Archives beneath the Jeffersonian.

Bones Room[edit | edit source]

Where the skeletal remains of the victims are usually located. Brennan and her team usually go there to see if they can find anything else in regards to the bones. In the episode The Shot in the Dark Brennan got shot in the room while she examined some bones.

Modular Skeletal Storage[edit | edit source]

A long hallway containing numerous boxes of bones belonging to people who have not been identified. Also referred to as "Limbo", though both Dr. Goodman and Dr. Brennan object to the term. Later in the series, everyone started to call it Limbo.

Lounge[edit | edit source]

Located on the mezzanine level of the Jeffersonian Institute's Medico-Legal Lab, overlooking the forensic platform, it is the area where Brennan and rest of team usually go for meetings or if they just want to hang out after a tough case.

Gormogon Vault[edit | edit source]

Gormogon Vault was secret underground shrine to the Gormogon Order that was originally cut into the foundation of an abandoned bank called Capital Mutual Bank on the Anacostia River which was in the process of being re-preserved as a historical site by the DC Building Conservatory. The entire Vault was moved to the basement of the Jeffersonian Institute, by the request of Dr. Temperance Brennan, so that it's contents could be cataloged and studied. The Gormogon Vault is still currently in the basement of the Jeffersonian Institution.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • It has been noted as an allusion to the real-life Smithsonian Institution[1].
  • In reality, the building shown is the Dr. Theodore T. Alexander, Jr. Science Center School at 3737 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA. In this shot, we see the back door which faces the gardens.

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