The Penn Museum accepts donations of documented ethnographic and archaeological materials that are free of major conservation concerns for the express purpose of preservation, research, exhibition, and/or public education. Objects from antiquity, if exported from their country of origin after 1970, will be considered only if the donor can provide evidence documenting their legal exportation in accordance with the Museum's 1970 Pennsylvania Declaration and the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export, and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. Additionally, the Museum adheres to pertinent U.S. laws and international treaties regarding cultural properties.
If you would like to donate objects to the Penn Museum, please send all inquiries to the Senior Registrar (see contact info below) and include the following:
All donation proposals are first reviewed by the Museum's relevant Curatorial Sections and then further reviewed by the Museum's Acquisitions Committee. This Committee meets twice a year (typically May and December) and makes recommendations to the Museum Director for final approval. For donors wishing to have their donation considered in time for a year-end charitable contribution, inquiries with all required information should be submitted no later than December 1 of the relevant year. The Museum has an extended holiday vacation each December and will process last-minute donations early in the following year unless special arrangements are made in advance.
A few other key items to note: