Museums are very important in the life of collectors, it is a place to visit to learn to recognise authentic pieces, it is a place to join the friends of Museums living near you, and somethimes a place to give or sell the items you like most and thing the geneal public should see. The only problem most Museums have is that they can’t show eerythin that is offered to them, and have to make painfull choices. This is also the reason why a new trend appeared that is doing that Museums are setting more and more temporary exhibitions to highlight unknown pieces from thee collctions. Also Museums are doing more travelling exhibitions with other Museums.
Members of this site get personal contact informations of curators to contact when needed, & more pictures of objects, making this site a virtual Museum of African Art.
http://ecatalogue.art.yale.edu/search.htm Yale is working hard to become one of the most usefull institutions for African Art, the database of African Art they created is still not availabnle to the large public but maybe it could be in the future, if you need access let me know and I’ll see if I can arrange something for you, David Norden (just comment below)