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datsolaleeThe 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:

  • Promote compliance with accepted museum practices.
  • Define levels of authority.
  • Increase awareness of responsibilities, liabilities, and accountability by state officials and museum staff.
  • Assist strategic planning and resource allocation.
  • Fulfill requirements for accreditation by the American Association of Museums. 
  • Promote organizational integrity, public confidence, and public awareness of museum responsibilities.
  • Promote consistent and fair public service.
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To view the museum’s Collection Management Policy and Procedure manual, please click on the tabs below.  For questions, please contact Jim Barmore, Museum Director at 775-687-4810 ext. 226 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Collection Policy

Collection Procedure