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Object ID Program Policies
Effective April 2008
The Object Identification Program provides a basic IDENTIFICATION of an object, to the best of our abilities and knowledge. We will not provide authentication or appraisal of an object's value or condition.
We only identify items in specific areas of staff expertise in archaeology, ethnology, biology, paleontology, and geology.
We will identify up to 3 objects PER FAMILY/GROUP of visitors at a time, with a total limit of 12 objects per family per calendar year.
Objects must be left at the museum in order to be identified; Science Learning Division staff cannot identify objects in person on the floor.
Donations of objects to the museum's collections are not automatically accepted.
We do not mark, sample, destroy, or perform any other type of action beyond the normal handling required for visible observation of objects brought in for identification.
Objects will remain at the Science Museum of Minnesota while they are being identified and will not be taken outside the facility for identification or work by others.
Disclaimer: While the museum makes every reasonable effort to insure the safety of objects left for identification as part of the Object Identification Program, the owner accepts full responsibility for the action of leaving the object(s) for identification and will hold the museum harmless in case of damage or loss. The owner is responsible for reclaiming the object within sixty (60) days of receiving notification of the results of the identification. The museum reserves the right to dispose of objects not claimed within sixty days following notification unless other arrangements are made.
Contact the Science Learning Division at or (651) 221-9435 if you have any questions.