Thank you for your interest in donating an object to the MIT Museum!
The MIT Museum is continually growing its collections which reflect the encyclopedic range of activities, achievements, and interests of the MIT community from its founding in the mid-19th century to the present day. Our major collections–architecture, art, nautical, photography, science, technology, and MIT history–reflect the strengths of the the museum but we have many unique pieces as well. Our curators collect broadly with the goal of adding materials that are engaging and serve research, teaching and exhibition needs of our community. The process of acquiring a new item (or items!) involves review by a curator and the museum’s Collections Committee. In addition to determining the suitability of an item, we also want to insure that we have the space and resources to properly care for our artifacts in perpetuity. Please consult the museum’s online Acquisition Policies for more information.
To begin the process, please fill out our Object Donation form. Please include as much information, including photographs and other documents, as possible. A member of the collections staff will contact you by phone or email to discuss your prospective donation.
Please do not send or bring items to the museum without specific direction from a member of the collections staff.
This form is for offers of objects to donate to the museum’s permanent collections; for any other kinds of gift, please visit Support the Museum.