Artifact Donation

Thank you for your interest in the BMI and for considering the museum as a repository for your possessions. Artifacts accepted into the Baltimore Museum of Industry’s permanent collection are documented, preserved, and managed according to prescribed methods meeting contemporary best practices. We collect artifacts that relate to, or are descriptions of, the industrial history of the region.

We accept:

  • Artifacts made by a Maryland industry or prominent vendor for use in Maryland or elsewhere
  • Artifacts representing a Maryland industry and/or vendor
  • Artifacts from industries that are indigenous and/or significant to Maryland
  • Artifacts pertaining to labor and working-class history in the region
  • Anything pertaining to the Platt & Company Oyster Cannery and history of our building and property

We cannot accept:

  • Items or materials from individuals who are not the artifact’s legal owner
  • Items or materials from or about industries not represented in Maryland

All donations that have been accepted must be delivered to the Museum during prescheduled appointment slots or otherwise prearranged by Collections staff. The museum does not reimburse for the cost of shipping, which is tax deductible by the donor as part of the donation.

Artifact Provenance

Understanding the provenance of donated items—the history of the item itself and how it connects to the donor—is the most important criterion for accepting gift offers. Answers to the following prompts will enable us to determine whether your gift offer fits within our collecting parameters.

For us to consider your gift offer, please fill out the following fields and provide digital photographs of the gift offer

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