About the Box Elder Museum of Art, History, and Nature Collections

What we collect

Box Elder Museum (natural history)

We accept donations of museum quality specimens in specific collecting areas:

  • invertebrate fossils (trilobites, fossilized leaves, petrified wood, etc.)
  • vertebrate fossils (dinosaurs, reptiles, fish, mammals, etc.)
  • minerals and gems
  • items related to the mining history of Box Elder County (including photographs, documents, artifacts from mines, etc.)
To donate any of these items, contact Curator Ron Cefalo, (435) 723-3158 or ron@boxeldermuseum.org.

Brigham City Museum (art and history)

Current collecting areas include:

  • by Utah artists
  • depicting the western United States
History (artifacts, documents, and photographs related to):
  • Brigham City
  • Perry
  • Willard
  • Corinne
  • Harper Ward
  • Mantua
  • Honeyville
  • southern Box Elder County
Archaeological specimens related to Box Elder County.
To donate any of these items contact Museum Director and Curator Kaia Landon, (435) 226-1439 or klandon@brighamcity.utah.gov.

Conditions, requirements, etc.

Specimens, artifacts, works of art, etc. must:

  • be legally owned by the donor
  • have been legally obtained, including the appropriate permits (a copy of appropriate permits must accompany the donation)
  • not be forbidden items according to to present state, federal, or international laws.

In evaluating an object for acceptance into the Permanent Collection of the Brigham City Museum, our curatorial staff will consider the following questions:
What is the local history significance of the object?
Is there documentation (written or oral) on the object?
Is the object in need of conservation work?
Does the object duplicate or support the existing collection?
What is the object's exhibit potential?
What impact would the object have on available storage space?

Acceptance obligates the Museum to furnish professional, long-term care for the object; to provide a stable, secure environment for it in both storage and exhibit situations; and to protect it from unnecessary handling, excessive light, and other damaging effects. A gift contract, listing the items and signed by the donor and a Museum representative, makes the transaction official and provides both parties with a legal record of the gift.

The value of objects contributed to the Box Elder Museum of Art, History, and Nature collections are tax deductible; however, as an interested party in the transaction, the Museum cannot appraise the value of donated objects for tax purposes. Objects are exhibited at the discretion of the Museum. Artifacts from the collections are used for public display in exhibits where they fit exhibit themes. Objects of a fragile nature (textiles and photographs, for example) are periodically rotated in our longer-term exhibits to avoid prolonged exposure to light and dust. Collections objects are available for study by researchers, by appointment.

We cannot appraise items proposed for donations or otherwise. To find a qualified appraiser, check out the following:
American Society of Appraisers
International Society of Appraisers
Appraisers Association of America