Is The National Churchill Museum still accepting items?
Yes. The Museum is interested in artifacts and documents pertaining to the life and legacy of Winston Churchill.
What is done with artifacts donated to the Museum?
The National Churchill Museum uses artifacts for exhibits organized and displayed in the Museum, short-term loan to other museums in the United States, and for research by historians, authors, documentary film producers and students.
What visitors don't see on display is just as important as what they do. Once an object, document or photo is donated, it immediately becomes available to staff and researchers who are working on a variety of projects. We cannot predict what specific uses your items will have, but your generosity will instantly expand the amount of information available to the public.
Will my donation be on exhibit?
The Museum does not guarantee artifacts will be exhibited on a permanent basis. Once an object, document or photo is donated, it immediately becomes available to staff and researchers who are working on a variety of projects.
Where are the artifacts if they are not on exhibit?
Artifacts are housed in a state-of-the-art facility with an independent heating and cooling system and an independent alarm system. Artifacts are housed in storage containers specifically designed and selected for museum artifacts.
Can I see my items if they are not on display?
Donors are welcome (with an appointment) to bring family members to view their donations if they are not on public display.
Will I be notified if my donation goes on exhibit?
Yes. You will be notified by U.S. mail in the event your donation is displayed.
How will my donation be credited if it is ever placed on exhibit?
The Museum allows, within reason, the individual donors to include what they want the credit to read. For example, "Gift of Mr. Bob Smith Jr." or "Donated in Memory of Bob Smith, Sr."
What The National Churchill Museum DOES NOT do with its collections.
The National Churchill Museum does not accept artifacts that it cannot reasonably expect to use for its interpretative themes in the present or future. Although an item may indeed be from Winston Churchill's era, we accept only those items that we believe will fulfill our mission. The National Churchill Museum does not place its artifacts on "permanent display."
Will the Museum staff appraise artifacts for donors?
No. The Internal Revenue Service considers such activity by a 501c(3) a conflict of interest. The following agency is available to assist donors with appraisals. If you plan to get an appraisal for artifacts, please get them photographed, photocopied and/or appraised before sending them. The National Churchill Museum does not offer these services.
Appraisers Association of America, Inc.
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000, New York, NY 10016
212-889-5404 x 10
Or contact the following organization for a list of professional appraisers.
American Society of Appraisers
PO Box 17265
Washington, DC 20041
If you plan to get an appraisal for artifacts, please get them photographed, photocopied and/or appraised before sending them. The National Churchill Museum does not offer these services.