Museums have long been a place of attraction where visitors come in large numbers for sight-seeing, research, and educational purposes. It is home to a collection of historical documents, artworks, cultural artifacts, including pictures of ancient buildings to preserve them for future generations. If you are opportune to visit a museum and see thousands of artworks on display, you may be wondering how museums acquired such expensive arts. There is the tendency to reason that since museums are non-profit-making organizations, they receive donations from governments and individuals, making it possible to afford such numerous collections of works.
Well, the fact remains that we don’t have all details and may not be aware that a sizable number of those collections are on loan, with some on a temporal basis while others will be in an exhibit for an extended period. If museums do not own a particular work of art, its source is definitely from private collectors.
Private collectors who have a flair for art purchased artworks from artists for a sizable fee. These collectors may choose to keep them on display in museums or other exhibition centers. Artists designed works of art, collectors go where they can be found, and museums exhibit them, that’s how it is done. Imagine how artists feel seeing the works of their hand on display in the largest, most visited museums! These increase their reputation and give them the incentive to continue their work.
Think too, how private collectors feel as they gift or donate their art collections to museums, which are then kept on display for the public to see. It gives them a sense of accomplishment on having something to contribute to the community. Some private collectors may want to sell their collections; if museums want the arts on display to attract tourists, they have no choice but to purchase the arts. How museums go about doing this indicates that they can hardly afford the fee being a non-profit organization.
Those in charge of these works of art in each department known as curators and private collectors form a Committee of Collectors. Members pay a yearly fee for upkeep of the department and to retain membership of the council. Several times a year, the committees meet to discuss their needs, including the possible acquisition of artworks. During the meeting, the curators explained why such arts are needed in their department and the museum’s benefits if purchased. A decision is taken based on a vote conducted among the members of the council. If the majority agrees to acquire the arts, they will then raise money and purchase the artworks.
Generally, museums, including art galleries, are fascinating places to visit as these bring to memory how life was like in the past. Why not visit one or possibly the most visited museums such as The Louvre, where you get to see the finest diamond ever? In the National Museum of China, you will see the Jade Dragon; in the National Museum of Natural History, you get to see the first Smithsonian buildings. British Museum, where you get to see ancient Egyptian structures, to mention just a few. If you do, you will be richly rewarded as you learn of cultures past and present.