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A city without art is a city without heart, and at Museum of Brisbane, a vital part of our job is to be the custodians of Brisbane’s artworks and history. Between the City of Brisbane and Museum of Brisbane Collections, we care for more than 9,000 artworks and objects of historical and cultural significance to our city’s community.

Your donation to MoB will help us to develop exhibitions that support local artists and enable future generations to access and engage with Brisbane’s histories and contemporary cultures. Growing and caring for our Collection of objects that reflect the stories and people of Brisbane is vital to the ongoing success of MoB.

We’re always grateful to people who donate their treasured items to our Collection.  If you have something of cultural or historical significance to Brisbane that you would like to offer, please refer to the FAQs and complete the Donation Offer Form below.

To get in touch, please email info@museumofbrisbane.com.au.


What details are required for a donation?

Please include as much detail as possible to help our Collections team assess its suitability, including:

  • A description/list and dimensions, if possible
  • Photographs of items (for example; image of entire item, images of front and back of artworks, image of makers marks on ceramics)
  • A summary of the history or significance of the object/s
  • The name and contact details of the current legal owner
  • The current location
What is involved in a donation assessment?

Please do not send us objects or artworks in the mail or bring items to the Museum without getting in touch. We are unable to accept items without completing the donation offer process. Successful donations involve a transfer of ownership to the Museum and take time to complete. The assessment process involves:

  • Reviewing the history and significance of the items
  • Comparing similar materials in our collection
  • Evaluating conservation requirements
  • And considering exhibition potential
Does the Museum accept every donation?

Unfortunately, we cannot accept everything. There may be occasions where we decline an object, including if it:

  • Does not fit within the Museum’s collection policy
  • Is duplicated within our existing Collections
  • Is badly damaged
  • Does not have clear provenance and history
  • Cannot be adequately displayed, stored, conserved or cared for within the Museum’s resources
What is the Australian Government's Cultural Gift Program?

The Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program provides tax incentives to encourage gifts of culturally significant items from private collections to public art galleries, museums, libraries and archives. If you wish to donate through this program, we encourage you to visit the following website for more information. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Donation Offer Form

Thank you for your interest in contributing to Museum of Brisbane’s growing Collection of artworks and objects.

Please note that we are unable to accept all donation offers. We suggest you refer to our FAQs before completing the donation offer form or contact info@museumofbrisbane.com.au for more information.

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