What happens to donations accepted by the museum?

Donated items assessed as significant will be registered as part of the State Collection. Under the terms of a Gift Agreement these donations become the property of Queensland Museum.

In return, the Museum ensures the long term preservation of your donation by:

  • Creating a record of the objects, including photographs, on the Museum database.
  • Providing conservation treatment where required
  • Packaging and storing the materials according to Museum standards.
  • Maintaining your donation in the Collection Store
  • Limiting access to items in the state collection to maintain long term preservation.

Donated materials that are part of the State Collection may be:

  • Publicly shown in exhibitions and displays occasionally.
  • Researched by Museum curators and university researchers to contribute to our understanding of Queensland history, society, culture and environment.
  • Borrowed under standard Museum loan procedures.
  • Viewed in the Collection Store by prior arrangement with the relevant Program Head.