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U.S. Department of the Interior - Museum Program
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DOI Collections




DOI Museum Collections at a glance. The Interior Museum Program provides oversight, advocacy, training, assistance, and policy for the 10 DOI bureaus and offices with museum collections. The DOI holds over 188 million objects in trust for the American public. These include archives (over 122 million), archaeology (over 57 million), history (over 4 million), biology (over 3.2 million), paleontology (over 1.3 million), art (over 110,000), geology (over 83,000), and ethnography (over 35,000). All figures have been drawn from FY 2013 data. Numbers are constantly changing as data improves. Website: www.doi.gov/museum.Collection size ranges from 53 objects to 162 million. The National Park Service has over 162.4 million objects. The Bureau of Land Management has over 10.1 million objects (BLM collections also include over 4,500 cubic feet and 2,500 linear feet). The Bureau of Reclamation has over 8.6 million objects. The Fish and Wildlife Service has over 4.4 million objects. The Bureau of Indian Affairs has over 2.8 million objects (IA collections also include over 6,600 cubic feet and 330 linear feet). The United States Geological Survey has over 52,000 objects. The Indian Arts and Crafts Board has over 11,000 objects, The Department of the Interior Museum has over 6,000 objects. The Office of the Special Trustee has 117 objects, and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has 53 objects. These figures are graphically represented.Over the past 15 years, the size of DOI collections has increased by 73%. In 1998, DOI collection size was roughly 109 million. In 2004, it was roughly 152 million. In 2008, it was roughly 157 million. In 2012, it was roughly 186 million. In 2013, it is roughly 189 million. This is represented graphically. In addition to 656 DOI facilities, objects are housed at 837 partner universities, museums, and institutions. The distribution of DOI partner institutions across the United States is displayed on a map. The DOI values its partners and recognizes their integral role in preserving these collections for posterity.