The purposes of the Virginia Museum of Natural History are:
5. To establish a state museum of natural history in Virginia where specimens of natural history, especially those of Virginia origin, can be properly housed, cared for, cataloged and studied and to ensure a permanent repository of our natural heritage; and
6. To coordinate an efficient network in Virginia where researchers and the public can readily use the natural history material of the Museum, its branches, Virginia’s institutions of higher education and other museums. These purposes are hereby declared to be a matter of legislative determination.
1988, cc. 707, 891.