Museum: Finding the Best Donations and Organizing Every Items

What’s the perfect way to organize the museum in Stardew Valley? Do you have the items you’ll need to donate? We’ll help you find all of them in this comprehensive guide.

The player standing of the collection of minerals and artifacts inside the Local Museum at Stardew Valley.
The Museum filled with different artifacts and minerals.

The Museum and Library is a building run by the local curator, Gunther, and can be found near Clint’s Workshop. Aside from collecting different books and journals about Stardew Valley, the player may also donate artifacts and minerals to receive unique rewards.

In this simple guide, we’ll talk about finding, donating, and organizing your collection.

what items can you donate to the museum?

The local museum accepts artifacts and minerals that the player can display. From 102 spaces, a total of 95 items can be donated to Gunther. The remaining seven extra slots might be used for the future updates.

The following is a complete list of all the items you can give to Gunther:

ArtifactsForaged MineralsGemsGeode Minerals
Amphibian FossilEarth CrystalAmethystAerinite
AnchorFire QuartzAquamarineAlamite
Ancient DollFrozen TearDiamondBaryte
Ancient DrumQuartzEmeraldBasalt
Ancient SeedJadeBixite
Ancient SwordPrismatic ShardCalcite
Bone FluteTopazDolomite
Chewing StickEsperite
Chicken StatueFairy Stone
Chipped AmporaFire Opal
Dinosaur EggFluorapatite
Dried StarfishGeminite
Dwarf GadgetGhost Crystal
Dwarf Scroll IGranite
Dwarf Scroll IIHelvite
Dwarf Scroll IIIHermatite
Dwarf Scroll IVJagoite
Dwarvish HelmJamborite
Elvish JewelryJasper
Glass ShardsKyanite
Golden MaskLemon Stone
Golden RelicLimestone
Nautilus FossilLunarite
Ornamental FanMalachite
Palm FossilMarble
Prehistoric AxeMudstone
Prehistoric RibNekoite
Prehistoric ScapulaNeptunite
Prehistoric SkullObsidian
Prehistoric TibiaOcean Stone
Prehistoric ToolOpal
Prehistoric VertebraOrpiment
Rare DiscPetrified Slime
Rusty CogPyrite
Rusty SpoonSandstone
Rusty SpurSlate
Skeletal HandSoapstone
Skeletal TailStar Shards
Strange Doll (Green)Thunder Egg
Strange Doll (Yellow)Tigerseye
Every items that can be donated to Gunther.

where to find minerals and artifacts for the museum?

Digging nodes, tilling sand and artifact spot, fishing, killing monsters, and breaking artifact troves/geodes are some of the ways to get artifacts and minerals.
Some of the most effective ways to search for minerals and artifacts in Stardew Valley.

Organizing your collection cannot begin if you don’t have any treasure in your possession. That’s why it’s logical to start uncovering the land and water first to get the valuables.

Here are six of the most reliable ways to start your journey into treasure hunting:

1. artifact spots

See a little wormy thing on the beach or soil? That’s an artifact spot. You can find hidden valuables there, get basic resources or seeds if you dig it with a hoe. Since they’re hard to find, the Tracker perk can help you once you’ve reached level 10 in foraging.

Artifact spots increase in number during Winter. But you’re more likely to dig winter forage than something of worth.

2. soil and sand

With a hoe, you can dig anywhere for artifacts as long as it’s soil or sand. You can do it too inside the Mines or Skull Cavern to find rare items.

3. fishing chests

Fishing can be one of the most rewarding activities you can learn in Stardew Valley. But what if I tell you there’s a bigger catch

Once you start reeling in, you’ll have to prevent the fish from escaping the hook. There’s a good chance a chest might appear somewhere while you’re in the mini-game. You can try your luck and reel it in too, but it’s more or less baits or basic resources.

Equipping the Treasure Hunter will increase your odds of getting chests while fishing. However, take note that only an Iridium rod can be used with a tackle.

4. killing monsters and mining

This time, we’re not talking about Morris but the monsters inside the Mines, Skull Cavern, Volcano, and Quarry. These hostile NPCs in Stardew Valley will always get in your way wherever you’re heading. The good news, you can defeat them and get loot drops.

Unless you have a Lucky perk, your chances of getting something valuable are pretty low. Still, you can get geodes and minerals from nodes that can still be donated to the museum. 

Also, trading Omni geodes for an Artifact Trove would be another brilliant idea. If there’s something worth breaking, Clint is the guy you’ll need.

5. bone nodes

After fixing the bridge near the volcano, you can access the Dig Site, which functions similar to the Quarry. Bone Nodes replenishes here daily, which you can mine for fossilized remains, bones, and a slight chance of artifact loot.

what’s the best way to organize your Museum collection?

Organizing the museum collection depends on the player’s preference. There might be those who sort every single item based on their category. And some would care less as it wouldn’t impact their gameplay.

Either way, there are many fun and creative ways to arrange your collection. There are no official criteria, so don’t worry if you think it’s not enough.

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