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Collecting Policies

MHCAM’s collecting policy is designed to support the Museum’s teaching and stewardship mission while upholding professional and ethical standards. Every proposed acquisition— whether a gift, bequest, loan, or purchase—is diligently researched and reviewed as part of a strategic and thoughtful process. Taking into consideration the Museum’s Collecting Philosophy, specifically whether the proposed object is an exemplary work of art or object of material culture that enhances educational experiences in the Museum, each acquisition is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Additional sensitivity is given to objects that fall within the following categories:

Contact a Curator

If you are interested in proposing a gift or bequest of art to MHCAM, please first consult our Collecting Philosophy, which describes the goals and criteria that guide our acquisition program. If you believe you have an object or objects that support our program, please contact Aaron Miller, Associate Curator of Visual and Material Culture and NAGPRA Coordinator, at