The purpose of MNA’s collections is to document the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau and its adjacent areas. MNA houses a diverse array of collections, including archaeological, ethnographic, geological, paleontological, and biological specimens, as well as many fine arts and archival materials. These collections are used to further knowledge and provide a basis for research on the Colorado Plateau, for aesthetic appreciation, for public display and education, and for other educational purposes.
Donating items to collections
MNA collections expand through donations of objects from individual collectors. To be added to the museum collections, the item must be legally owned and acquired and must be relevant to and consistent with the mission, purposes and activities of the Museum. MNA must also be able to store, protect, and preserve items under conditions that ensure their availability for Museum purposes and adhere to professional standards.
Any object donated with a value more than $20,000 must have an independent appraisal by a qualified appraiser in that particular field. MNA staff are not permitted to do appraisals.
Donations to the Manuscript Collection should be of an original nature. Any material that is not of an original nature will be considered for addition to the library holdings as reference-only.
Email inquiries to the Collections Director
Donations not added to collections
MNA may accept objects which are not considered appropriate for the collections if there is a clear understanding and a signed agreement between the donor and the museum. These objects may be used for educational purposes or sold for the benefit of the museum. Complete and accurate records of such transactions will be maintained by the Collections Department.
For a donor to receive a tax deduction in a particular year, donations must meet the following criteria:
1.The museum has accepted the gift
2.The museum has a signed deed of gift in hand by December 31st
3.The donor has relinquished control of the gift by December 31st