If you would like to donate an object or book to the Museum but not sure what we require, the following FAQ’s may help:
- What kind of artefacts is the Museum interested in?
- What do I need to do to make a donation?
- Will the item always be on display?
- If I donate an item can I retrieve it at a future date?
- If I decide to keep my object, can I find out how to preserve it?
- Can the Museum tell me what the items are worth?
- Can I claim a tax deduction on the items donated?
- Can I make a bequest to the Museum?
- How do I make a financial donation to the Museum?
How can I make a donation?
Contact the Foundation Curator by email to arrange a visit. The Curator will evaluate your item(s) condition and assess whether it meets Collection guidelines. The Museum staff will also assess whether an item is able to be conserved and maintained if accepted.
If the item does not fit the Collection Guidelines, or if Museum is unable to preserve, store and care for an item your offer will be regretfully declined.
Artefacts which tell a story are of great value. We would require as much information as possible about the object such as:
Who owned/used it?
Where was it used/situated/recovered from?
Who was the maker?
Where did it travel from/to?
Have any changes/modifications been made to the item since it was used originally?
What is the history of the item?
What is its significance?
The more information you can supply about the object the better story it would be able to tell.
Will the item always be on display?
The displays are not static; they are continually changed and updated so the stories of our military history comes alive.
Only a small percentage of items are on display at any one time.
Until display, items are secured in an environmentally controlled storage area which preserves and protects them from further deterioration.
If I donate an item can I retrieve it at a future date?
Normally, no. However, if special circumstances exist please contact the Foundation Curator to request the item(s) be de-accessioned.
Weapons cannot be returned.
Normally the Museum does not accept loans. However, significant items may be accepted on loan to the Museum for special displays.
If I decide to keep my object, can I find out how to preserve it?
The Museum staff would be happy to provide you with such guidelines.
Could the Museum value my item(s)
Museum staff are not professional valuers; you would need to have it valued by a professional, however, we may be able to assist you in obtaining a professional valuation.
Are items donated tax deductable?
The Museum is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient under Subdivision 30-BA of the Australian Income Tax Assessment Act 1977. Endorsement is provided under item 12.1.3 "public museum".
Provision for gift deductibility is under Item 1 and Item 4 of the table in section 30-15 of the aforementioned Act, and Subdivision 30-D of that Act
Can I make a bequest to the Museum?
Yes, please contact the Foundation Curator to arrange an appointment. Financial bequests are also welcome.
How do I make a financial donation to the Museum?
Donations are welcomed from both individual members and corporate organisations. Arrangements can be made by telephone, a personal visit or by mailing your donation
Army Museum of South Australia Foundation
Building 203 Keswick Barracks
KESWICK SA 5035
A receipt will be provided for Tax purposes.