Donation of Artifacts

The vast majority of items within the Museum's collections, Archives and Exhibit Hall are donated to the Museum for use within the facility. From these donated artifacts, the Museum works to craft a story of Oregon's Veterans and their service in the United States Armed Forces. Though most items are from local Florence Veterans and or their families, others have arrived from across Oregon, the West Coast, the United States, and even as far away as Hong Kong and France. Donations of artifacts, pictures, and documents create the backbone of our facility and provide a resource for researchers and public alike to access and learn from. Our archives are ever growing, and we are particularly seeking additions to our archive of personal stories and wartime letters, diaries and photographs.

Acceptance of Artifacts

The acceptance of any artifacts or collections into the Museum's collection is governed by the Museum's collections management policy adopted in October 2017. The authority of accepting artifacts is the responsibility of OCMM's Operations Manager and must be approved by them. Items accompanied by a  photograph of the person who collected the item, a personal account of any length and/or copies of available service documents are more likely to influence an item’s acceptance; however, every offer is judged on an individual basis. We are always looking for artifacts with a good story.

Click the following button to download a summary of the Museum's collections management policy:

Items That May Not Be Accepted

  • Burial Flags

  • Certain Uniforms (Dress Uniforms with no Information)

Frequently Asked Donation Questions

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Can I see my items if they are not on display?

Donors are welcome (with an appointment) to bring family members to view their donations if they are not on public display.

Is my donation going to sit on a shelf, never to be displayed?

What visitors don’t see on display is just as important as what they do. In telling the story of our Veterans, we depend on a large collection, of which only a small percentage can ever be displayed. Once an object, document or photo is donated, it immediately becomes available to staff and researchers who are working on a variety of projects. We cannot predict what specific uses your items will have, but your generosity will instantly expand the amount of information available to the public!

When will my donation be on exhibit?

The Museum does not guarantee artifacts will ever be exhibited. Once an object, document or photo is donated, it immediately becomes available to staff and researchers who are working on a variety of projects. We cannot predict what specific uses your items will have, but your generosity will instantly and permanently expand the amount of information available to the public! The Oregon Coast Military Museum does not place its artifacts on “permanent display.”

Will the Museum staff appraise artifacts for donors?

No. The Internal Revenue Service considers such activity by a 501c(3) a conflict of interest. If you plan to get an appraisal for artifacts, please get them photographed, photocopied and/or appraised before sending them.