Queensland Museum Network sites are operating in line with Queensland Government measures where only fully vaccinated visitors (16 years and older) can attend Government-owned museums from 17 December. Learn more.

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.