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Through the generosity of individuals, families and organizations, the Marin History Museum has amassed a collection of some 20,000 artifacts, 200,000 photographs and countless books, ephemera, histories and curiosities that tell the story of Marin and its people.

The Marin History Museum welcomes new donations.  If you have items related to Marin history – from Native American times to the present day – that you would like to donate, please contact our Collections Manager, Heather Powell, at (415) 382-1182 or

 Please note that all items received by the Museum are considered for acquisition by the collections committee, which is directed by the Museum’s Collections Management Policy (make this a link to pdf of actual policy).  As part of the accession process, items are usually retained by the Museum and further evaluated by the Collections Committee prior to formal accession into the collection.

Tax and appraisal information

Object and library donations to the museum are tax-deductible.  Museum staff does not appraise or place a value on items donated.  Consider a professional appraiser to help assess the value of your artifact or library donation.

For information on appraisal services or to find an appraiser near you, please consult the following organizations:

 The Appraisers Association of America

The American Society of Appraisers

International Society of Appraisers

The Appraisal Foundation

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