Overview of the Collection
The Molly Brown House Museum’s collection consists of approximately 10,000 artifacts, including the 1889 structure, used to interpret the life and historical context of Margaret Brown. The Museum’s collection includes original Brown artifacts and period pieces that reflect the life of an upper-middle class family in early 20th century Denver with connections to Colorado’s mining industry.
The Museum follows the American Alliance of Museum’s Code of Ethics for Museums, which states that the “stewardship of collections entails the highest public trust and carries with it the presumption of rightful ownership, permanence, care, documentation, accessibility, and responsible disposal.”
The Museum’s collection is dictated by a Collections Policy that defines three significant periods from which to collect artifacts: the life of Margaret Tobin Brown (1867-1932), Victorian life in Denver during the Brown’s primary years of residence at 1340 Pennsylvania Street (1894-1912), and the restoration of the home (1970-today). The Museum’s highest priority is to acquire artifacts that belonged to Margaret Tobin Brown or her immediate family.
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If you have an object you wish to donate that has provenance linking it to Margaret and James Joseph Brown or their families, please email photographs along with any information you have on the item, especially its provenance, to Stephanie McGuire, Curator of Collections, at email@example.com.
If you have an object you wish to donate that is significant to Colorado’s past, we suggest you contact the History Colorado Center at 303-866-2305.
If you have an object you wish to donate to a museum, please contact either the Mountain-Plains Museum Association or the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums at:
Mountain-Plains Museums Association (MPMA)
Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums (CWAM)