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54 U.S. Code § 102501 - Purpose

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The purpose of this chapter is to increase the public benefits from museums established within System units as a means of informing the public concerning the areas and preserving valuable objects and relics relating to the areas.

Historical and Revision Notes



Source (U.S. Code)

Source (Statutes at Large)


16 U.S.C. 18f (1st sentence).

July 1, 1955, ch. 259, § 1 (1st sentence), 69 Stat. 242.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Disposal of Unnecessary or Duplicate Museum Objects; Use of Proceeds

Pub. L. 101–512, title I, § 116, Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1937, provided that:

“In fiscal year 1991 and thereafter, the Secretary may exercise the authorities granted in the Act of July 1, 1955 (16 U.S.C. 18f) [see 54 U.S.C. 102501, 102503(a)–(f)] in administration of the Department of the Interior Museum, and may dispose of objects no longer needed for the Museum or held in duplicate among museum properties and apply the proceeds to the purchase of museum objects, museum collections, and other personal properties at reasonable prices.”