Museum curators and other staff members are happy to assist with helping you identify your object in their respective areas of expertise. Museum staff members primarily identify items in these specific areas:
- Decorative and fine arts
At their discretion, staff may agree to examine other types of objects such as fossils and ethnographic items from other cultures or may arrange for or recommend other university scholars to examine such objects.
For help with identification, email firstname.lastname@example.org with information about your object. Please include as much information as possible, including dimensions and in-focus photographs of the object. If we are unable to help you, we will try our best to direct you to someone who can.
Authentication or Appraisal
Museum staff cannot provide object authentication or appraisal. However, information about authentication, appraisals, or caring for an object can be found on the Smithsonian Artifact Appraisal site or the Getty Research Institute’s Appraisals Research Guide.