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Artifact Assessment Program

A service of the New Jersey Association of Museums

There are no deadlines for application – apply anytime.

Cost: AAP evaluations are performed at no cost to the organization.

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive this service organizations must:

  • be nonprofit organizations located in New Jersey
  • have collections related to New Jersey
  • make their collections available to the public
  • hold artifact collections in the public trust
  • do not receive primary funding from a governmental entity

Types of Services Offered:

Initial Collection surveys on-site:

  • Survey and evaluate environmental conditions in storage and exhibition areas
  • Survey and evaluate condition of artifacts in storage and on exhibition
  • Survey and evaluate storage arrangement and collection management processes
  • Survey and evaluate documentation systems, processes, and intellectual access

Follow-up programs include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluation of a specific collection or project
  • Aid in disaster preparedness or response
  • Evaluation of move to new building or location
  • Scope of Work for Grant Funded Project

Disclosure: Reports will not be widely discussed by consultants but will be available to staff and consultants of NJHC and NJAM’s representatives on an as needed basis. The New Jersey State Archives is the final repository for the artifact assessment program’s reports. Membership in the New Jersey Association of Museums is not required (but always appreciated) to receive service. All consultants are members of the New Jersey Association of Museums.

To apply:


Return application to:
New Jersey Historical Commission
P. O. Box 305
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0305
For non U.S. mail delivery:
New Jersey Historical Commission
225 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625


In addition to offering the Artifact Assessment Program, NJAM makes available resources for artifact assessment.

Resource List - Discover websites, professional organizations, suppliers, service vendors, contract professionals, and more to assist your organization. DOWNLOAD

Old Loan Legislation - An appendix to the resource list, Public Law 2011, Chapter Law 109 provides the process to address museum loans that have been forgotten by their owners. DOWNLOAD

The New Jersey Association of Museums received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, to provide artifact assessments.

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