Donating Items

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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.

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.

Staff will respond after reviewing your information.

Front desk staff are not able to accept donations. Donors must sign a deed of gift with designated staff and make arrangements to drop off items.

The museum is now open Wed-Sun 12-5. Masks are required.