Museum Donations & Questions

The State Historical Society of Iowa’s Museum maintains diverse collections, related to Iowa and its citizens.

An item offered for donation to the museum will be reviewed by the professional staff to determine if it fulfills the SHSI Collecting Plan, does not duplicate existing items, and to ensure that the society can adequately care for the item.

If an item is not selected, the staff will suggest other options to the prospective donor.

To offer an item for donation to the Museum, simply select Offer of Donation form. Your offer will be emailed directly to a museum specialist and you will receive a response within 30 days.

To ask a question of a Museum specialist, simply choose the Ask a Museum Specialist form. Your question will be emailed to a specialist and you will receive a response within 30 days. You may also ask a question by selecting a staff member from the List of Specialists.

Note: The society may identify an item and provide historic interpretation. However, it cannot provide an appraisal of the value of an item.

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