The Nevada State Museum serves as the keeper of Nevada’s priceless heritage. The museum cares for over two and a quarter million artifacts and specimens and maintains the Cultural Resource Management Collection, comprising collections retrieved from public lands across the state.
These collections document the state’s heritage. They tell us who people were, what they did, where they lived, and why Nevada is different from any other place in the world. They are the museum’s medium for engaging audiences in understanding and celebrating the state’s natural and cultural heritage.
Caring for these valuable and often irreplaceable collections is a major responsibility taken very seriously at the museum. The museum collects, documents, and studies artifacts and specimens significant to heritage. The museum conserves collections for long-term public benefit. The museum uses collections in exhibits, education programs, publications, research services, and loans to other institutions.
All these activities are guided by laws, regulations, and ethical standards established by the museum profession. The museum formalized ethical standards in a manual of collection management policies and procedures. The purpose of the manual is to: