Donate Artifacts Or Library Materials

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Thank you for your interest in donating artifacts and / or library materials to the Los Angles Maritime Museum.  The Museum’s collections and exhibits focus upon the history of the Port of Los Angeles.  In order to be consistent with this focus, and due to constraints in storage and available display spaces, we will only consider accepting items that pertain to the history of the Port of Los Angeles.  As an example, while vessels such as the HMS VICTORY are important in maritime history, they are not historically associated with the Port of Los Angeles.  Therefore we would be unable to accept a ship model of HMS VICTORY.

When the Museum accepts an artifact, it does so with the intention to store and care for that item in perpetuity.  In addition to determining an artifact’s relevance to the Museum’s focus, we must take into account the costs of long-term storage preservation and display.  For all of these reasons, we are unable to accept everything offered to the Museum.

If you believe your artifact will be an appropriate addition to the Museum’s collection, please contact us by sending an email to info@lamaritimemuseum.org

Be sure to provide the following:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Description of the items you would like to donate, including size, condition, and relevance to Port of Los Angeles History
  • Details pertaining to the item’s creation and history of ownership.
  • Attach a photograph or scan (please note that the Museum phones cannot accept photos sent as text messages). Photos must be sent via email or via US mail.

A member of the staff will contact you after reviewing your information.

Please DO NOT drop off items at the front desk without prior approval or without an appointment. A member of the Curatorial or Library staff must be present to accept the donation.

Front desk staff are not authorized to accept artifacts and any artifacts dropped off without prior approval will be treated as abandoned property.