Assessing museum collections

What is the value of a museum collection of object? Who decides this value and how? This brochure forms a practical tool in the allocation of different value types to objects and collections.

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New valuation tool museum objects and (sub) collections

Until now, the valuation of heritage has been exclusively the responsibility of professionals like (art)historians , archaeologists and social geographers. However, the world changes and so does our outlook on the value of heritage. The expert is nowadays not the only one who has a say. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands has developed a new tool for the valuation of museum objects and (sub) collections. This tool follows six steps and it’s not only to be used by professionals, but also by other enthusiasts like patrons, lenders and the public.

This publication is also available in Dutch.


Text: Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed
Editing, interviews and text advice: Anne Versloot
ISBN: 9789057992247
Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed, 2014