Many places, like the American Museum of Natural History, collect
artifacts from around the world. The artifacts on display at the Museum are only a fraction of these huge collections. Rows of cabinets are
filled with thousands of artifacts, like bowls, tools, masks, and textiles.
Scientists use the collections like a library. They come to observe objects for their own research.
These collections give people a chance to see artifacts from faraway places and ancient cultures that disappeared long ago.