Mattawa Museum is able to display and share the wonderful artifacts that our visitors enjoy due to the generous donations from many people.
When an artifact is offered for donation, Museum staff must determine whether the artifact would be a suitable addition to the Collection. If the artifact has Mattawa and area history, and there are not similar artifacts in the Collection, it is accepted on a temporary basis. Once at the Museum, staff conduct research about the object and then provide a report to the Mattawa and District Historical Society with recommendations on whether to accept the donation.
If an artifact is deemed not to be suitable as an addition to the Collection, the item is returned to the donor, or disposed of according to the wishes of the donor.
If an artifact is deemed to be suitable for the Collection, a gift form is signed by both the Museum Curator and Donor, transferring legal ownership of the object from the donor to the Mattawa Museum.
If requested, a tax receipt for the fair market value of the object may be given to the Donor for income tax purposes. The tax receipt is sent annually in late January.
If an appraisal is required to determine fair market value, this will be the donor’s obligation.
We have had a busy season while the museum has been closed due to COVID-19. One of our many activities has been building an online database of our artifacts using PastPerfect collection software. Once our work is complete, this will be an additional resource for you to explore our Collection online.
To Donate an Artifact
To donate an artifact, or find out more about the donation process, please contact us.