Our Collection by the Numbers

Pinewood Derby Car

Pinewood Derby Car

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
Zoology, invertebrate 6,092
Records/documents 5,319
Botany 4,669
Currency 3,620
Chipped stone, pottery, shell, bone 2,956
Culinary equipment 2,766
Clothing 2,393
Medical equipment 2,122
Hardware 1,675
Zoology, vertebrate 1,159
Recreational equipment 1,072
Books/periodicals 1,030
Furniture 928
Military equipment 690
Advertising media 646
Jewelry and token items 454
Paintings, prints, etchings, murals 373
Communication equipment 313
Weapons 202
Sculptures, pedestals, vases 201
Transportation 195
Architecture 130
Measures 99
Musical items 92
Fabrics, leather goods, cordage 90
Religious items 87
Scientific equipment 73
Photographic equipment 49
Confederate Money

Confederate Money

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.

Boy’s wool coat from the late 19th century

Boy’s wool coat from the late 19th century

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