Organizations that acquire, preserve, research and exhibit collections of objects including documents, tools, implements and furnishings that have significance in helping to interpret or understand the past. History museums may specialize in a specific era such as early Greece or Rome, a particular geographical region such as California or Appalachia, a particular ethnic or cultural group such as Native Americans or a specific subject area such as costumes; and may contain items created or used by contemporary or historical figures.
Key words: Local Art & History Museums; Historic House Museums; Historical Society Museum; Colonial Farm Museums; Costume Museums; Interpretive Farm Museums; History Museums; Living History Museums; Military Museums; War Museums
Scope notes: USE for historical societies that operate a museum as their primary purpose.
See also: Historical Societies & Related Historical Activities