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Donation of Objects
The Queens Museum welcomes the donation of objects that will complement and fulfill our current collections. The Museum follows a policy of selective acquisition. Each donation request is considered by the collection manager, museum curators, and the Director. The item will be presented to the Acquisition Committee on a quarterly basis to determine if the gift is in line with the specific criteria for the acquisition and acceptance of donations, as outlined in the Museum’s Collections Policy. Any object accepted into the Museum’s collection should be consistent with the institution’s mission, be relevant, and be properly cared for.
If you are interested in making the gift of an object to the Queens Museum, please fill out this form.
Please review the following terms for Museum acquisitions:
1. The item(s) must be consistent with and relevant to the stated purpose and mission of the Museum.
2. Consideration will be given to the Museum’s ability to provide proper care and storage for any artifact. No item(s) will be considered for acquisition if future care and preservation needs exceed the Museum’s resources.
3. Items must have a clear title and be free of copyright restrictions.
4. Donors must provide verifiable record of authenticity and provenance for all proposed donations. The Museum will make every effort to ascertain that items offered are not stolen, wrongfully converted, or acquired under false pretenses. The Museum is bound by international antiquities and federal endangered species laws. Foreign antiquities must have documentation indicating that they were exported from their country of origin prior to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. The provenance of acquired items shall be a matter of public record. The museum may only acquire works of ivory within the U.S. and only if the object has clear, unquestionable and proper documentation, is at least 100 years old, and was not sold or modified with questionable ESA-listed species materials after February 26, 1976.
5. All acquisitions are to be outright and unconditional. The Museum cannot guarantee that objects donated will be placed or remain on display, or that they will be exhibited or stored intact as a single collection. In addition, please be aware that curatorial decisions made during
cataloging of new collections may result in objects being deemed more appropriate for use in our education department or to be deaccessioned.
6. All donations to the Museum’s collections are irrevocable upon the formal and physical transfer to the Museum.
7. All legal instruments of conveyance and warranty of title, signed by the donor/seller/agent setting forth an adequate description of the items involved and the precise conditions of the transfer shall accompany all acquisitions.
8. All acquisitions by gift or bequest to the Museum will remain in the possession of the Museum for as long as they retain their physical integrity and authenticity, and as long as they remain useful in the fulfillment of the Museum’s mission.
9. Federal law prevents the Museum from providing appraisal values for donated items. Donors are responsible for appraisals of value prior to donation request. Donations are fully tax deductible within IRS guidelines. Please consult your tax advisor. The museum will issue a letter of verification confirming acceptance of your donation, but monetary valuations must be issued by a professional appraiser.
Please note: Due to restrictions of limited funds, storage space, or concerns of an object’s required preservation needs, only inquiries which are of specific interest and in line with these criteria will be considered.