The Loveland Museum/Gallery’s collection consists of approximately 30,000 objects. The collections are used to exhibit, research and interpret Loveland’s unique history.
The Loveland Museum/Gallery collects the social, natural, and cultural history and pre-history of Loveland, Colorado. Objects that reflect Loveland’s unique development are given collecting priority. The Museum actively collects objects related to sugar beet agriculture and processing, Great Western Sugar Company, cherry harvesting, the town of Namaqua and Old Saint Louis, the Big Thompson Canyon, local geology, downtown development, local manufacturers (such as Hewlett-Packard) and businesses, Loveland pioneers and families, Larimer County Fair, Corn Roast Festival, Rag Day, Valentine Remailing Program, local artists and the Arts in Public Places Program, the railroad, ethnic groups in Loveland (such as Hispanics and Germans from Russia), as well as other objects significant to interpreting Loveland’s history. Objects that place Loveland in a wider historical context are also sought. The Curator of Collections is responsible for selecting historical objects for placement in the Museum’s collection.
In addition, the Museum purchases pieces from the contemporary art exhibitions in the Main Gallery. Pieces will be purchased from exhibitions when funding is available. Nominations, discussions, and votes of all staff members at the Loveland Museum/Gallery will choose pieces.
To be considered for acquisition, the following guidelines must be met:
- Objects must have usable exhibition, educational, or research value.
- Objects must be in stable condition.
- Objects must not be duplicated in the collection (objects with Loveland-specific provenance will be given collecting priority).
- Objects must fill a blank in the present Museum collection.
- The Museum must be able to provide adequate storage for the object.
- Objects must be donated to the Museum or purchased by the Museum with no restrictions.
Objects must be donated to the Museum or purchased by the Museum with no restrictions.