2.   The Legislature finds and declares that the people of the State of New Jersey have an interest in the maintenance and growth of museum collections and in the preservation and protection of property on loan to museums within this State.  Loans of property that are of artistic, historic, cultural, and scientific value are made to museums in furtherance of their educational and other charitable purposes.  When lenders fail to stay in contact with museums with respect to property on loan, museums must store and care for the property long after the relevant loan period has expired or should reasonably be deemed expired.  Museums have limited rights to the use and care of such property, all the while bearing substantial costs related to storage, record keeping, climate control, security, periodic inspection, insurance, and general overhead.

   Therefore, it is in the public interest to encourage both museums and lenders to use due diligence in monitoring property on loan; resolve the issue of title to property on loan that is unclaimed and remains in the custody of museums; and allocate fairly the responsibilities between lenders and museums.

Terms Used In New Jersey Statutes 46:30D-2

  • State: extends to and includes any State, territory or possession of the United States, the District of Columbia and the Canal Zone. See New Jersey Statutes 1:1-2

   The purpose of this act, the Museum Unclaimed Loan Act, is to establish standards and procedures for the disposition of unclaimed property on loan to museums and this act should be interpreted in accordance with these findings and declarations.

   L.2011, c.109, s.2.