Museums have different missions, themes and personalities. It's important to find a museum where your heirloom will be safe and appreciated.
Museum types include:
- history, including regional, national or period specific
- natural history
- children's interests
- themed, such as dolls, banjos or aviation
- teaching and research
You might already have an emotional connection to a museum. If not, think locally for your heirloom's new home and visit near-by museums. Wander through the exhibits and talk to people. Gauge the level of trust you feel and how well the museum's mission matches yours.