The fundamental act of the museum curator is to collect things. The challenge is to collect enough of the old context with the object so that it does not lose the stories it tells of its former life; but also, to connect to new ideas and taxonomies, to find new contexts that allow new uses. Museums do not collect for the sake of collecting; they collect in order to do things with objects they preserve. We need to reconnect them and connect them anew.
— Steven Lubar, Professor of American Studies at Brown University and Author of Inside the Lost Museum: Curating Past and Present