The museum is a general regional museum which aims to cover all aspects of the past of Limerick City and surrounding area, i.e. the Mid-West region.
The museum will collect objects which relate to its aims. The preferred method of acquisition is by gift or purchase, where title to the object is transferred to the museum. In exceptional circumstances, or for exceptional objects, long-term indefinite loans may be accepted.
Loans to the museum will normally be for a defined period and for definite purposes of display, research or education.
The museum will make every effort to ensure that objects acquired for the collection have bona-fide title, and have not been illegally imported into this country or illegally exported from their country of origin.
The museum will collect only those objects for which it can provide adequate care and housing.