Donations to Peabody Museum Collections

Policies & Procedures

Thank you for considering a donation to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. It is through such generosity that our collections continue to grow. We are always interested to hear more about any object you wish to donate to the Museum. 

Our educational mission and the size of the collection under our care dictate stringent criteria for determining whether to accept new objects. In order to assist us with our review, please provide the following information:

  • Your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
  • Object description, including materials, date of manufacture and/or collection, and dimensions.
  • Photograph of object.
  • A verifiable record of authenticity and provenance (history of ownership). The Museum will make every effort to ascertain that items offered are not stolen, wrongfully converted, or acquired under false pretenses. The Museum must have reasonable assurance under the circumstances that a potential acquisition was not exported after July 1, 1971, in violation of the laws of its country of origin and/or the country where it was last legally owned. The provenance of acquired items shall be a matter of public record.
  • If the object incorporates any fish and wildlife components, information about the prospective donation must include permits or other documentation demonstrating that the object was collected, transported, exported, imported, acquired, transferred, and possessed in compliance with all United States and foreign laws.
  • Information about prior treatments with preservative chemicals, such as moth balls or insecticides.
  • Please do not send unsolicited objects to the Museum.

Contact Us

pmacquisitions@fas.harvard.edu