As programs like PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow” and the History Channel’s “American Pickers” and “Pawn Stars” attract millions of viewers by assessing crazy collectibles, august institutions like the American Museum of Natural History and the North Carolina Museum of Art are inviting people to haul in their heirlooms for expert appraisal.

“People think that museums and TV shows have little in common,” said Louise Mirrer, president and chief executive of the New-York Historical Society, “but there is tremendous crossover between these reality programs and our reality here on the intellectual and the emotional side.”  

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