People from all over the world visit our Museum for its fascinating content and unique setting, and you help shape our exhibits with your donated item.
Understanding our acquisition policies and following our guidelines for proposed donations will help make the donation process as smooth as possible for everyone involved.
We wish we could accept all items. Unfortunately, space and staffing constraints limit our ability to house donations.
To help us better assess your proposed donation and how it can contribute to our mission, we ask you to complete and return to us a Donor Information Form, available at the museum. (Photographs of the object(s) are also appreciated.)
Please wait until you hear from us before you bring the item to the museum. The more accurate information you can give us about an item you wish to donate, the better we’ll be able to understand its significance and interpret it for the education of the public.
The museum’s collections deserve the best care we can give them, and yet our resources are limited. We must beware of accepting more objects than we can properly care for. Therefore, we will be most likely to accept your donation for the collection if:
– it has a clear connection to the museum’s mission;
– it doesn’t duplicate objects already in the collection; and
– it is sufficiently well documented so that it may be interpreted for the public.
Furthermore, not everything we do accept will necessarily go on permanent exhibit. Our collections include items used for research and for public education programs, as well as those displayed in the galleries. All of these uses help promote our mission of preservation and education.