Reasons for Deaccessioning an Object
Among the reasons that the museum might consider deaccessioning an object are the following:
- it does not relate to the museum’s teaching mission or is outside the museum’s collecting purview;
- it duplicates or is secondary to a work already in the collection;
- it is compromised by extensive restoration or is in inherently poor, irreparable condition; or
- it is a forgery.
In compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the museum also repatriates objects linked to religious or funerary practice to federally recognized Native American tribes.