phart010 1,628 Member · Posted February 21, 2020 Share Posted February 21, 2020 (edited) I’ve been thinking a lot about this topic lately. I have an item in my collection that I believe to be pretty rare. I’ve never seen another one before or even any information about it to research it. At some point when I am done enjoying collecting, I had always thought that it would be better off at a video game museum for preservation purposes. However, I got to thinking about whether video game museums (or even any private museums for that matter) are as bulletproof as we’d like to think they are. For example let’s say someone has a private museum and ,God forbid, they were to pass away. All of that persons belongings at that point become inheritance to their family and would probably go up for private sale at an estate auction or something like that. So basically if I donated a valuable item for what I thought to be a good cause in this scenario, ultimately it would eventually become private profit in the hands of the museum curators surviving family. In that case I (and the item) would have been better off just selling the item to someone who would take good care of it. Even in the case of a more organizational type of private museum, with a board of several people managing the organization, if there were some sort of disagreement or falling out among the management and the organization were to get dissolved, what would happen with the items? Lacking government funding, what if the organization were not making enough money to pay the rent on the museum. What would happen to the items in the museum if the organization were evicted from the building? Edited February 21, 2020 by phart010 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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