How to Donate Heirlooms to a Museum


Why donate your heirloom to a museum?
Don't want your laptop to scuff up your family's antique desk? A museum might take care of it.
Don't want your laptop to scuff up your family's antique desk? A museum might take care of it.
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Let's say you hear about a museum putting together a special exhibit. It needs certain items for display, and a curator has asked people to donate them. You have a family heirloom the museum needs. Would you donate it?

You might donate your heirloom because it has historic or regional significance, or to expand the heirloom's story to a larger audience. You might want to honor a family member by offering artifacts from his or her life for display or research.

Preservation is another reason people donate heirlooms. Museums maintain protective, controlled environments -- away from kids, pets and daily wear.