Citizen Services Museums
In accordance with the conceptual definition of each museum in its museum plan, one of the functions of a museum is to acquire cultural assets to ensure the necessary and correct increase in its collections.
All museums must have a document that includes the basic criteria that guide this increase, with a plan for the future. Some of the aspects that must be taken into consideration are the following:
Donations are an important way of increasing the national museums' collections.
Donation is an act of generosity by which a person disposes of something for the benefit of another person, who accepts it, free of charge.
The eighth additional provision of Law 16/1985, of 25 June, on the Spanish Historical Heritage, establishes that the "acceptance of donations, inheritance or bequests in favour of the State, even where another body of the administration is designated as the recipient, concerning any sort of assets that represent an expression or evidence of human creation and have cultural value, either of a historical, artistic or technical nature, is responsibility of the Ministry of Culture. The inheritance will be understood as having been accepted for the benefit of the inventory”.
The procedure for the acceptance of an asset donation to the State, for a national museum, will be as follows: