How Museums Collect Artifacts and Mementos

Museums collect artifacts and mementos to preserve history. These items tell stories of famous people and things. The monetary value of artifacts and mementos is not important to the museums. They get donations to collect a new artifact or memento. The museums have special guidelines for collecting the objects and they must adhere to them.

It is not possible to preserve everything old. The museum needs to be selective. One criterion is to make sure that the artifact or memento relates to the museum’s mission.

For example, Michigan History Museum wants to preserve more things related to the history of Michigan. So, such artifacts and mementos will be of interest to them. They will try to find out whether the artifact or memento is in anyway related to Michigan.

Another criterion is to find out whether the artifact or memento has a historical value. It should signify an important event and time in history. So, museums will collect it if it has historical value.

Next, the artifact or memento must have informational value as well. It must tell a story to show how valuable it is and why. If it doesn’t have any informational value then the visitors won’t find them interesting.

The museum authorities have to scrutinize every artifact or memento they collect very carefully. They don’t want to keep something in the museum that has no historical or informational value.

People must be eager to visit the museum because they will find something interesting and valuable. Visiting a museum may require selective attention. Patrons may need to visit a few times and choose specific sections or time periods to view. Without selective attention, it may be overwhelming, and a lot of great information may get lost.

Special Family Programs at the History Museum

The history museum is worth visiting for their collection of artifacts and mementos. The museum also offers various educational programs for people of all ages. Here are some programs offered for the children.

Meeting scientists and researchers

Meeting scientists and researchers - Special Family Programs at the History Museum

This program takes place twice a month. You can join your children to watch the Livestream with Museum scientists and researchers. The children can learn a lot of things from this program. The children can express their curiosity about something and get the right answers from scientists and researchers.

Viewing exhibits

You and your children can join the museum’s guides. Your children can get a guided tour of the various exhibits at the museum. It will be a memorable journey for them as they will be exploring various artifacts and mementos from the early days. They will learn a lot about history during their visit to the museum.

The guides will explain every artifact and memento. So, they will learn a great deal about them. They will find great interest in the various displays at the museum.


When the school is closed, children can go to camps organized by the museum. At the museum, they can look into exhibits and learn many things. They can also be engaged in many interactive activities.

These special programs can make your child more enthusiastic to visit museums. By taking part in these special programs, you can have a great time with your children.

Educational Resources You Can Find at the History Museums

History museums display various artifacts and mementos for people to see. Various educational resources are also available there so that people can learn new things. Here are some resources that you can find there.

Virtual school programs

Virtual school programs - Educational Resources You Can Find at the History Museums

This program is for school students. You can bring students to the free and interactive programs of the museum. The museum educators will conduct virtual private classes using Zoom Meetings. The students can take part in the discussions, question and answer rounds, and interact with the facilitators.

Live museum presentations

Students can participate in the live virtual museum presentations. These presentations can be seen in multiple classrooms simultaneously. During the presentation, students or teachers won’t be able to talk, but they can type questions which will be answered later on.

Educator workshops

Educator workshops - Educational Resources You Can Find at the History Museums

These workshops will provide a connection between the classwork curriculum and the museum exhibits, artifacts, and mementos. There will be workshops on various topics related to the museum.

The workshops can be for both children and adults. Here you will learn about the various resources of the museum and the outcomes of research done by the museum experts.

These educational resources of the history museums are very valuable. You should join these programs and workshops and learn more about historical facts and figures.

Museum Artifacts that Are on the Endangered List

Many artifacts become endangered if proper care is not taken to preserve them. Four museums from the Roanoke Valley made it on the list of the endangered artifacts in Virginia.

National D-Day Memorial

Bob Slaughter, the D-Day veteran kept a memento of his wartime service. Before the invasion, US Gen. Dwight Eisenhower sent an ‘Order of the Day’ to the troops which 75 comrades including Bob Slaughter had to sign. Slaughter saved that letter and framed it.

After he died in 2012, his family found it among his belongings. A professional conservator is needed to take the document out of the frame without damaging it and it would cost a lot. So, if steps are not taken to preserve it, the letter will be lost forever.

Taubman Museum of Art

Here you will find the photographs and negatives of Peggy Macdowell Thomas. These include portraits by Thomas Eakins and his wife Susan Eakins, two great American painters.

The photographs included family portraits that were used by Eakins to help them in painting. These photographs are in freezer condition and they need to be stabilized and reproduced.

History Museum of Western Virginia

Here there is a black and red striped silk wedding dress from 1858 that was worn in New York for a wedding. The wealthy families then took the dress for one day rent to wear as a day dress. The dress has shown signs of damage and needs to be repaired.

Funds are needed to conserve these artifacts. Otherwise, they will be damaged soon and it won’t be possible to recover them.

Some of the Best History Museums of the US

Some of the finest history museums are located in the US. You will find a huge collection of artifacts in these museums. Here are some of the best history museums in the US.

Henry Ford Museum

This museum has a personal collection of historical items that belonged to Henry Ford, the inventor of Ford Motors. Here you will find the camp bed that was used by the first President of the US George Washington during the War of Independence.

You will also find the chair in which Abraham Lincoln sat at the time he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth and the Presidential Limousine in which Kennedy was shot. There are laboratory items that Thomas Edison used. You will experience something unforgettable when you visit this museum.

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

This museum is located in Washington D.C. Here you will find more than three million artifacts and mementos. You will see the stovepipe hat of Abraham Lincoln, the red slippers that were worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz, and more. It was called the Museum of History and Technology when it was opened in 1964.

American Museum of National history

This museum was opened in 1869 and has more than 45 exhibitions displaying artifacts in the fields of anthropology, biology, and other subjects. You will find rocks, fossils, minerals, early human remains, and more. You will see native American wildlife and sea creatures. You will find out about the hunter-gatherer groups.

These museums are worth visiting. Each museum is unique and you will learn a lot about American history. It will be a thrilling and learning journey for you to visit these museums.