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The Bell County Museum welcomes donations of historical artifacts from the public. The museum accepts three-dimensional objects as well as photographs and archival materials. Possible donations are presented at quarterly Museum Collections Committee meetings, and acceptance into the museum’s artifact collection is determined by considering the following factors:

  1. Is the object relevant to Bell County and/or Central Texas history?
  2. What is the provenance of the object? (I.e., Who made it? Who used it? When and where was it used?)
  3. Is the object redundant? Does the museum already have several examples in the collection?
  4. Is the museum able to adequately store and care for the object?
  5. Is the object in good condition?
  6. Does the potential donor have the rights to give away the object?

Objects may also be accepted into the museum’s educational collection. Objects in the educational collection may be used as exhibit props or hands-on items, and may eventually wear out and need to be destroyed. Educational objects are very important to the museum, and help visitors experience history first hand!

Would you like to donate an artifact to the museum? If so, please contact Mikaela Young, the museum Curator, at 254.933.5243 or mikaela.young@bellcounty.texas.gov.

 

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