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The Importance of Museum Collections


1. What is a museum collection?

A museum collection is a group of artifacts (including archives)
and/or scientific specimens that are relevant to museum’s
mission, mandates, history, and themes, and which the museum
curators, preserve, and makes available for access (through
research, exhibits, and other media) for the public benefit.


2. Why should museums acquire and manage museum collections?
Museum collections (objects, specimens, and archival and manuscripts collections) are important museum resources in their own right as well as being valuable for the information they provide about processes, events, and interactions among people and the environment. Natural and cultural objects and their associated records provide baseline data, serving as scientific and historical documentation of the museum’s resources and purpose. All museum records that are directly associated with museum objects are managed as museum property. These and other museum records are preserved as part of the archival and manuscript collection because they document and provide as information base for the understanding of the museum’s mission. Museum objects used in exhibits, furnished historic structures, and other interpretative programs help visitors gain better understanding of cultural and natural heritage of the region.

Introduction - Part II
Bone Collections
Historic Fire Bucket
Fossil Skull
Bird Eggs
Historic Garment
Rocks and Minerals
Mammal Collections
Live Mount Collections
Historic Buildings
Provenance Information
The Use of Museum Collections
The Importance of Museum Collections
Environmental Monitoring
Protective Cabinets
Museum Collections
The Use of Museum Collections
Museum Collections are Libraries of Information
Collections Teach Us
The Importance of Museum Collections
Mission Statement
Museum Collections
The Importance of Museum Collections

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