Creating a Collection: A Tour Through the Smith College Museum of Art

Why Museums Collect

There are many reasons why the SCMA may want to add new artworks to its collection. If you’re a collector, you might already know this.

You may just be starting a collection. You may want to widen the scope or increase the depth of your collection. You may be filling a gap in your collection, or replacing something that isn’t in good shape anymore.

These are some of the main reasons art museums collect new artworks.

Click one of the pages below to learn more about one of the reasons museums collect. The new page will direct you towards an artwork in the SCMA!

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