Identification of Objects

Q: I have an object that I would like to have identified. How do I get more information about it?

A: Contact individual collections curators.


Q: How do I find out what my object is worth?

A: The Museum does not provide financial appraisals of any objects. You have to take it to a licensed appraiser. Please check the Yellow Pages for "Appraisers" or "Auctioneers."


Q: I want to make a donation to the Museum's collections. How do I initiate this?

A: Contact one of the individual collections curators, who will bring it to the curators' group for discussion. They will then advise the director.

Q: Can I take a tax write-off for a donation?

A: You should clarify your own personal tax opportunities with the IRS and obtain appraisal information by contacting a licensed appraiser. This will allow an accurate assessment of the tax allowance. The Museum will then sign the taxation forms during the donation process.

Obtaining Museum Images

Q: What are the policies for obtaining images of objects from the Museum's collections?

A: For permission to photograph or film objects in the Museum or Museum's collections, please contact individual curators. To use or duplicate existing photographs of the Museum's objects or to obtain reproductions of photographs in Photo Archives, please contact Diane Tyink at 505 277-1549 or write to:

Public Program Information

Q: How do I obtain time, fees or other information about the Museum's public programs?

A: Contact the main Museum's office at 505 277-4405.


Q: What do I do if I own an art object that I want to preserve?

A: Specific curators may be able to give you basic preservation information that is associated with storage or display of objects in your home; or they will recommend a loal qualified conservator in private practice who will address your needs. The Maxwell Museum does not provide conservation services.

Repatriation and Management of Culturally Sensitive Materials

Q: What is the museum's policy on the repatriation and management of culturally sensitive material?

A: It is the Maxwell Museum's policy to comply with Public Law 101-601, the "Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 0f 1991." Museum staff will not intentionally collect Native American human remains or objects specified under the Act unless written permission has been granted by the appropriate Native American entity. Any potential submission of a collection containing possible NAGPRA materials (human remains, associated funerary objects, unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony) must be the subject of consultation with the appropriate Native American entity before the collection can be accepted. Written evidence of this consultation, including copies of all correspondence, along with the names of the cultural consultants, tribal leaders, and observers involved, must be submitted with the collection.