Donation offers are evaluated by the Acquisitions Team, who consider how the donation will contribute to the Museum’s interpretive focus of telling railroad stories through people as well as the Scope of Collections statement. This process can take up to eight weeks from when we receive your offer. Once the donation is approved for acquisition, the donor will be contacted to complete a Deed of Gift to transfer legal ownership of the collection to the Museum and arrange a method of delivery.
Review the Scope of Collections.
Additions to the Museum’s permanent collections are made very consciously and cautiously and are carefully made by the Museum’s curatorial staff. At the present time, the Museum accepts less than half of the artifacts and documentary materials offered for donation. If materials are declined, Museum staff attempt to suggest other appropriate beneficiary institutions.