Make a financial donation

For financial donations to the New Zealand Maritime Museum, you can support us through the Maritime Museum Foundation, a registered charitable trust 


Make an object donation

Add to the story of our Maritime history 

As a charitable trust, we rely on donations to enhance and grow the museum collection. The vast majority of items in the museum collection were donated by people or organisations interested in preserving our maritime history.

Object Donation FAQs

All donations are considered in the light of the museum’s established collecting areas, their provenance, story and condition. 

Museums are not able to accept material which has been acquired illegally or unethically, for example from protected shipwrecks or archaeological sites.

Please do not drop off donations to the museum without prior arrangement with our collection team. This will ensure the proper cataloguing and storing process can take place.

We do not have space or resources to display all the items in our collection, and some are too fragile for long-term display. However, we strive to make our collection as accessible as possible, for example via our new Online Collection database, or by research request.

If you would like to view items in our collection, please contact the Collections Team at least 10 days in advance.

The museum does not do appraisals or valuations. If you have something you would like valued please contact an auction house or valuer.

The museum prefers not to accept items on long-term loan. However, we do sometimes borrow items on short-term loan for exhibitions. If you’re not sure, please get in touch to discuss further. Alternatively, you may wish to consider donating your object.

If you are interested in donating, please provide the following information to our Collections Team

  • Description of the object(s)
  • How you came to own the object
  • Any known history about it
  • Condition of the object(s)
  • Photographs of the object(s)

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