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.