An Artifact Collection Agency is a group of people who make it their business to collect [[AppliedPhlebotinum mysterious artifacts]]. Sometimes this is done to protect the artifacts from misuse, or to protect the world from the artifacts which are considered inherently dangerous. Of course, collectors can have ulterior motives, too.

Though they are more often run by the government, sometimes private citizens form Artifact Collection Agencies and create fabulous repositories for them in the form of the BazaarOfTheBizarre, TrophyRoom or SuperheroTrophyShelf. Governmental artifact collectors will often have a SecretGovernmentWarehouse where recovered artifacts are kept under lock and key.

Of course, they GottaCatchThemAll.

!!Commonly sought by the Artifact Collection Agency are:
* ArtifactOfDeath
* ArtifactOfDoom
* ArtifactOfAttraction
* ClingyMacGuffin
* MacGuffin
* EmpathicWeapon
* AmplifierArtifact
* TomeOfEldritchLore


!!Compare with:
* TheMenInBlack: Both are clandestine government operatives charged with maintaining the {{Masquerade}}, but the Men In Black have a much broader mission scope than the Artifact Collection Agency and a bit more of a soldierly quality to them.
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: A one-person Artifact Collection Agency who collects the extraordinary for his/her own enjoyment. May be in conflict with the Artifact Collection Agency.
* MuseumOfTheStrangeAndUnusual

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Speedwagon Foundation in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' works in conjunction with the Joestar family to collect and research the various supernatural [[MacGuffin MacGuffins]] throughout the series, such as the vampire-creating Stone Masks and the {{psychic power|s}}-bestowing Stand Arrows.
* One of the primary objectives of the Time-Space Administration Bureau in ''[[LyricalNanoha Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]]'' franchise has always been securing the Lost Logia, magical artifacts created for the centuries-long Saint King Unification War (or even earlier Belkan wars). The reason for this is that Lost Logia are extremely dangerous to unsuspecting civilians and even more so in criminal hands, [[spoiler: although [[GovernmentConspiracy some minds within TSAB have also tried to weaponize Lost Logia themselves]]]].
* The Society from ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis'' collects artifacts called "Lost Preciouses". The more powerful/dangerous ones are usually locked away in vaults, while individual members of the Society have their own private collections. Eriko also started up her own Lost Precious collection agency called Seven Tails that specializes in acquiring and recovering Lost Preciouses.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Library which TheLibrarian works for is one of these.
* The SecretGovernmentWarehouse seen at the end of ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'' implies the existence of such an agency: It's far too large to only contain things stumbled upon by chance.
** Unless it's just an ordinary warehouse and [[BeleagueredBureaucrat they dumped the Ark in there for lack of a better idea of what to do it]].
** In ''Crystal Skull'' it is revealed that said warehouse also contains the corpses of Roswell aliens. As it implies that found unusual artifacts are kept together, it seems that at least their storage is done on an organised basis, although it's still a huge stretch to extrapolate the existence of said agency.
* As mentioned below in the LiveActionTV section, this happens in ''Film/{{Stargate}}''. It is worth mentioning that Stargate Command (the operation which runs the Stargate on the tv show) doesn't exist yet during the movie, so in this case the artifact collecting agency is the US Air Force.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novels have the Library of St John the Beheaded, which collects and preserves books and manuscripts containing information for which TheWorldIsNotReady. Stories set in the future, when mankind has gone to the stars, have the Braxiatel Collection, which does likewise for many worlds. (''Theatre of War'' includes a passing reference suggesting that the Collection contains the Library within it, and the Literature/DoctorWhoMissingAdventures novel ''Empire of Glass'' confirms the connection.)
* The Braxiatel Collection also features in the spin-off BerniceSummerfield series.
* In Literature/TheWheelOfTime, the White Tower claims all sa'angreal, angreal, and ter'angreal for itself, arguing that they are too dangerous to be handled by anyone else (sometimes this is true). The government of Tear also tries to accumulate as many ancient artifacts as possible, with the argument that they need to keep them all out of the hands of the Tower and the Dragon.
* The Misuse of Muggle Artifacts Office in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is responsible for retrieving enchanted items which have somehow found their way into Muggle hands to preserve TheMasquerade.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''[[FridayThe13thTheSeries Friday the 13th: The Series]]'' focuses on the antique shop of one Lewis Vendredi, who made a DealWithTheDevil that involved using the shop to sell cursed antiques, before he eventually broke the contract and lost his soul. The shop is now in their hands of his niece Micki and their cousin Ryan, who have made it their mission to recover every ArtifactOfDoom their uncle once sold before they can do any more harm to the world around them.
* ''{{Warehouse 13}}'', in which special agents from various government organizations, as well as civilians in some cases, are recruited to snag, bag, and tag "whatever's trying to ruin the world's day." There have been 13 incarnations, each in a different country, beginning with the one founded by Alexander the Great. Since then, times and means have changed, but the mission has not.
* ''TheLostRoom'', which actually had several such groups.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'' franchise, this is part of Stargate Command's charter. Basically, their mission is "Go find alien tech we can use to defend the Earth against hostile [=ETs=]."
** Also in the Stargate franchise, the NID takes on the same function but with a more aggressive, less scrupulous and eventually illegal approach. Its successor, The Trust, is even worse.
* This is an important part of Torchwood's charter, in both ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' and ''Series/DoctorWho''. Unofficial motto: "If It's Alien, It's Ours." They have a nasty tendency to forget their other priorities (like the bit about defending the realm), in fact.
* In ''TheLibrarian'' trilogy of TV movies, the Metropolitan Library is an Artifact Collection Agency.
* ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'' has '''multiple''' collection agencies: The Search Guard Successor Foundation, and various antagonist groups known as the Negative Syndicates.
** Its adaptation, ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', is similar; though the characters here are only interested in one specific set of artifacts, the Corona Aurora and its jewels, and only pursue other artifacts when they can give clues to the jewels' locations.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'', the Mystic Crusaders organization acquires ancient magic items and artifacts for the Atlantean Foundation.
* ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' has the Aegis Kai Doru, who collect artifacts to use against supernaturals.
* The {{GURPS}} Warehouse 23 setting.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Exile}} III''[==]'s Cult of the Sacred Item.
* Merchants in every role playing game ever. Whether they sell them to the player or buy the goods, these people see many of the most dangerous artifacts in existence.
* The Moebius Foundation in the [[VideoGame/StarcraftII Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty]] single player campaign. Their mission is to [[GottaCatchThemAll collect]] [[DismantledMacGuffin a set of Xel'Naga artifacts]], and they hire [[LaResistance Raynor's Raiders]] to do the legwork. However, [[spoiler: the Moebius Foundation is really a front organization set up by the emperor's son, Valerian Mengsk.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfMassmouth'': The interstellar magnate The Worm employs his own agents, to provide new acquisitions for his [[CollectorOfTheStrange collection]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''The Repository of Dangerous Things''.
* RCSI in CodeNameHunter is described as having this as one of its duties
** Although to be fair we hardly see any sort of artifact except for a cursed drum set and a smoking wooden box
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation is a worldwide organization supported by multiple governments. It collects artifacts to study them, to protect humans from the artifacts, and to protect normalcy, meaning that they [[TheMasquerade keep secret]] the existence of even the most harmless of artifacts in order to keep the world ignorant of the existence of the paranormal.
** Several others that compete with the SCP foundation also exist, such as Marshall, Carter, and Dark Ltd. who uses the artifacts as ways to provide "unique experiences" to the world's super rich, and the Global Occult Coalition, who seek to destroy paranormal items.
* Edict One of Podcast/EdictZeroFis.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Museums. (Minus their artifacts having AppliedPhlebotinum properties of course. Museum pieces can nevertheless be unique or in other ways extremely valuable.) Although the museums subvert the trope insofar that, additionally to preserving and studying their stuff, they put it (at least their most interesting or awesome pieces, if their collection is too huge) on display for everyone to come and have a good look at it.
* A variant for living artifacts would be zoos, particularly if there's anything rare and endangered there.
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