Collecting and museums go hand in hand.
...wouldn't you say? No? You don't think so? I do. Think about it... The Strong National Museum of Play for example. What are some things you think of right away? I think of toys! The Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site: Theodore Roosevelt, History. The Buffalo Museum of Science: Science. The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum: Carrousels, Amusement, Band Organs.
Those museums are homes to collections and collect the things they embody. But what do they do with them? Museums groups them, sort them, preserve them, research them, display them, share them. But wouldn't it be silly if you went to... let's say The National Cowboy Museum, excited to see things all related to cowboys in history and today. You pay for your admission tickets and you walk in and it is just one big room. In the center piled high to the ceiling is a mound of cowboy boots, spurs, posters, film reels, photographs, horse shoes, a random alarm clock that says "GO GET'EM COWBOY". Why is that there?