Museums across the country are selling off portions of their collections to generate cash for operating expenses. It's a passionate discussion; no one wants to HAVE to do this. Sadly, reality interferes with artistic missions. If you can't experience it, is there still art?
Many museums and historical institutions SHOULD redefine their mission statements, re-allocate their collections and re-focus on their core constituents.
It's important to keep the lights on, doors open and remain relevant to your community! Creativity is key!