Guidelines for donating items to Museum Victoria

Are you considering making a donation to Museum Victoria?

The Discovery Centre coordinates all offers to donate items to Museum Victoria. Museum Victoria can only consider accepting items that relate to its Collection areas of Science, Indigenous Cultures and Australian History and Technology.

To assist us with your donation offer, please describe the object or specimen you would like to donate. Provide as much detail as possible, including measurements.

  • What is the history of the object or specimen?
  • Where was it made? Who made it? When was it made?
  • Where is it from? Who owned it?
  • Who used it? When was it used?
  • Do you have any information about the story surrounding the object?
  • Do you know any stories about the people connected to the object?
  • What condition is the object or specimen in?
  • Please also send us a photograph of the object.

You can either bring your item to the Discovery Centre or mail information and photographs to our postal address (see details below). Please do not post precious objects, documents or photographs. Museum Victoria holds no responsibility for items sent to us in the post.

Objects offered for donation cannot be left with the Discovery Centre. We are happy to take digital images of any item brought in, but we are unable to keep hold of items while donation offers are being assessed.

If you are taking photographs of items for donation purposes, please place a ruler in the photograph to give us a sense of scale. It is also helpful to take images from several from different angles.

In order to consider your donation offer, we require your full contact details. This information will only be used in processing this enquiry. See our Privacy Statement for more details.

Please note: All donation offers are placed in a queue. It may take several months before a decision is made. Donation assessments are assessed on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee that Museum Victoria will be able to accept items that are offered for donation.

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The Discovery Centre
Melbourne Museum
Lower Ground
Carlton Gardens
Open 10am to 4.30pm, Tuesday to Saturday
Entry is free

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The Discovery Centre
Melbourne Museum
GPO Box 666
Melbourne VIC 3001

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