If you are interested in donating an artifact to the Museum, we kindly request that you consider the following:
- In order to avoid lost or damaged artifacts, please do not mail or deliver any objects without first contacting the Curator or Assistant Curator.
- We kindly request that a photograph and a short description of the object be mailed or emailed to the Museum in advance, since it is often difficult to determine the type and condition of the artifact.
- The Museum is not always able to accept all gifts that are offered. Objects are reviewed on the basis of their physical condition, historic importance, and whether or not they are duplicate examples already in the collection.
- Not all donations are accepted. If an artifact is not accepted, but has been delivered or mailed without prior contact with the Curator, arrangements will be made for the donor to pick-up the item or the item will be mailed back at the expense of the donor.
- A tax receipt will be issued for the fair market value of the offered gift. An appraiser independent of the Museum must appraise any gifts thought to be valued over $1000.00. External appraisals will be arranged at the cost of the donor.
- Donors are required to complete and return a copy of a Museum gift-in-kind form for all accepted artifacts.