Make a collection offer

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Thank you for offering to add to QVMAG's collection. Your generosity enables the museum's collection to grow and develop. We're always interested in finding new objects, telling untold stories and representing our place and community.

The collection aims to reflect the key themes of Our Country, Our People, and Our Stories. 

How to make an offer 
The Museum collects objects, artworks, archives and specimens that will inform and educate people today and in the future.

Key to deciding whether we will collect something is an item's provenance - knowledge of where it came from, was found, who made or used it and who has owned it over the years. 

Please read our Frequently asked questions before making an offer. Then complete the online form, being sure to include photographs of the object/s. 

We endeavour to acknowledge receipt of your offer within 14 days. We may contact you to ask for further information. 

All donation offers are placed in a queue. The Museum Acquisition Committee assesses all donation offers and it can take several months before a decision is made. There is no guarantee that QVMAG will accept items that are offered for donation. 

Please do not bring in any objects to the museum unless requested.

Contact us for more information. 


How does the Museum decide what to collect?
We consider whether an object:

Relates to themes, issues or people of state &/or national significance
-Assists in understanding and interpreting Tasmanian &/or Australian history and culture.

We also take into account whether the object is:

-a particularly good example of its type or not well-represented in other museum collections
in a suitable condition for long-term storage or display
-well provenanced, with good information about its history and owners.

I’m cleaning out my shed and found some old things the Museum might like. Are you interested?
We receive many generous offers and have strict guidelines for acquiring objects. We’re most interested in the stories associated with objects – connections to places, people and defining moments in our history. Please contact us if your object tells a strong story.

Can I send in or bring my object into the Museum?
No. Please do not send or bring objects to the Museum. If we are considering an offer and need to see an object, a curator will be in touch. If you are interested in making a collection offer please complete the form below. 

Does the Museum provide valuations?
No. We do not provide valuations or authentications.The Australian Government’s Ministry for the Arts maintains a list of approved valuers for its Cultural Gifts Program. You could also consult the Auctioneers and Valuers Association of Australia