Here at the Pink Palace we have a large permanent collection of artifacts related to the Mid-South’s cultural and natural history. Like all accredited museums, we have a collections policy that lays out our procedures and responsibilities for acquiring, protecting and using the objects in our care. One question that we are frequently asked is how many artifacts we have. The answer is an estimated 84,000 objects. Here’s a quick rundown of the categories:
|Minerals, rocks and fossils||44,536|
|Chipped stone, pottery, shell, bone||2,956|
|Jewelry and token items||454|
|Paintings, prints, etchings, murals||373|
|Sculptures, pedestals, vases||201|
|Fabrics, leather goods, cordage||90|
Approximately 10-15% of our artifacts are on display in the museum. The remainder are stored in the Pit, a three story secured area, with fossil and biological specimens stored in a different location. We use these objects for research and for display in future exhibits. We also conserve them to preserve the material history of our region.