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  1. I have a club member that has amassed an amazing collection of toy houses, and their respective components. I do not have pictures of her collection, and I am working on pure memory... but I am wondering if we can have a discussion about donations to museums ... I was amazed at the depth of her collection. I do not think that she made any attempt to document it - I can't remember if she has bliss houses, but it seemed that she had a great representation of decades of houses. She had more houses then I have ever seen in any museum or the museum's books on their collections, and I do have a decent library on miniatures. (Of course museums do not publish every item in their coffee table books...) I know the forum is for fine miniatures, but when I saw the post about the Strong Museum, it made me remember... I hope this is appropriate content for the forum... most of these items were meant to be sold as toys, but some would be considered very collectible; I'm not the person to determine if anything is rare. I realize the a museums are financial entities, and they can sell donations to offset their expenses and to remain in operation...but what do you see as the pros and cons of donating to a museum? We discussed donating the collection to IGMA or NAME, but we know that the collection would be auctioned, and since they were toys, and not fine collectibles...it leaves her with a lot of decisions. Thanks - Tamra
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