Should personal collectors be allowed to purchase historic pieces that belong in museums?

  • Personal collectors should be allowed the buy the same as museums.

    Yes I agree that personal collectors should be afforded the same right as museums in the purchase of historic pieces. It comes down to the almighty dollar. If a private collector has enough money to purchase then it should not matter in the end. Museums however do a service in allowing people to view these items, however they should not be afforded fair ganme to them either.

  • Yes. Just because this question does not make sense.

    Should people be allowed to get stuff that belongs somewhere else? How do we know it DOES belong in a museum? If there were a Japanese TV Culture in America museum, should they be allowed first dibs on rare Pokemon cards? Should a family be able to sell old family artifacts, even if they have historical value? Yes.

  • Unless the public is allowed the personal collectors home, then no.

    Museums are meant for the public so that they can see the beauty and tragedy of our past to present. If collectors were to buy artifacts from the museum, then the public would never be able to see it again and, once again, the rich would have power over others.

  • No, pieces of historic value belong in museums.

    Important pieces of art and artifacts belong in museums so that they can remain a part of our collective history. Allowing individuals to purchase these pieces makes viewing history a privilege of the wealthy. Museums provide the means for people of all walks of life to learn and enjoy our shared human history.

  • Personal collectors should not be allowed to purchase historic pieces that belong in museums.

    Museums are cultural institutions that help to preserve our common heritage. Pieces of artwork which are housed in museums should not pass into the hands of private collectors. They should be visible to the general public, so that everyone can enjoy them and learn from them. Our culture belongs to everyone.

  • Historical Pieces Belong in Museums

    Personal collectors should not be allowed to purchase historic pieces that belong in museums. These pieces provide historical significance to the population as well as to the historical community. When these pieces belong to collectors, members of the general population are denied the opportunity to learn about the significance of each and how they fit into their concept of history. Moreover, the collectors may not have the tools necessary to maintain the historical pieces. The pieces could then decay and not remain in quality condition.

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