The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum is committed to caring for each artifact we receive because each item tells the larger story of the Texas Rangers.
The Museum’s two primary missions are to:
■ Disseminate knowledge and inspire appreciation of the Texas Rangers.
■ To serve as the principal repository for artifacts and archives relating to the Texas Rangers.
Both goals are achieved when we provide professional museum quality care for the objects and what they embody––the enduring legacy of the Texas Rangers.
Artifacts are subject to deterioration from environmental conditions. For example, an object that is in a damp, humid climate may mold or rust. If artifacts do not receive routine maintenance, they will quickly deteriorate. When the museum accepts an artifact into the museum’s collection, museum personnel have the responsibility to care for it to the best of our ability and maintain both the physical object and its history.
One of the most important steps in collections care is to ensure that an artifact is properly housed and stored. Properly caring for artifacts is an important part of preserving the history and heritage of the Texas Rangers. The Collections Department strives to follow the highest museum standards and utilizes modern preservation and research practices. By preserving and providing routine maintenance for each artifact, the Museum can guarantee that each time visitors walk through our gallery spaces or use the Texas Ranger Research Center, they will find historic objects in the best possible condition.
Caring for and preserving each artifact in the collection is something the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum staff works toward daily. We not only recognize the value of each object but are proud to serve as stewards of the oldest state law enforcement agency in the nation and an enduring symbol of Texas and the American West – the Texas Rangers.