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Historical Artifact Donations

The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum accepts donations of historical artifacts. To learn more about the process, please read the F.A.Q. page.

VIEW THE ARTIFACT DONATION F.A.Q.

The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum accepts donations of objects and artifacts that align with the museum mission and meet our current collection needs. As outlined below, the museum follows a policy of selective acquisition. Each donation request is greatly appreciated and will be thoughtfully considered by the museum’s curation team to determine if the donation is an appropriate fit for the museum’s mission and in line with the acquisition terms.
In order to assist us with the review of your proposed donation, please fill out the form below and fully describe your proposed donation. Due to limited space and resources, not all artifacts submitted for consideration can be accepted into the collection.
Please note that the museum does not accept “walk-in” donations and requires this form to be submitted in order to start the donation application process. Thank you for considering making a permanent donation to the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum.
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      NOTICE TO POTENTIAL DONORS

      Due to the high-volume of inquiries for artifact donations, the Strategic Air Command & Aerospace Museum is temporarily pausing artifact donation submissions after September 1, 2023.

      Our collections department abides by institutional museum methods when evaluating all incoming artifacts and strives to provide a proper amount of time to correctly process each object.  Check back with us shortly for updates!


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      Frequently Asked Questions

      What type of objects does the Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum collect?

      The Strategic Air Command and Aerospace Museum is interested in collecting objects that have a direct connection to the history and development of air and space technology. Specifically, we are interested in aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, and related artifacts that tell the story of the Strategic Air Command, the United States Air Force, and the aerospace industry. We have a key interest in telling Nebraska stories and are currently seeking objects relating to:  Martin Bomber Plant and Tuskegee Airmen with Nebraska ties.

      I have an object I want to donate, what should I do?

      If you would like to donate an object to the museum, we would be happy to consider it for our collection. The first step of the donation process involves filling out the artifact donation form on our website. This will allow you to provide the museum with the object’s history and condition. Our curatorial staff will review your submission and determine whether it meets our collection criteria and needs.

      What happens if an object donation request is accepted?

      If your donation is accepted, a member of the museum curatorial staff will contact you and provide you with the next steps.

      What happens if an object donation request is not accepted?

       Due to limited space and resources, not all artifacts submitted for consideration can be accepted into the collection. If your donation is not accepted, we will inform you of our decision and may suggest alternative institutions or organizations that may be interested in your object.

      Does the museum accept walk-in donations?

      Due to the high volume of donation requests, the museum does not accept walk-in donations. Please do not send objects to the museum or drop-off objects off at the front desk. If you would like to donate an object, please fill out the object donation form on our website as a first step and wait for our curatorial staff to contact you.         

      If my object donation is accepted, will it go on display at the museum?

      Not all donations go on display at the museum. Our curatorial staff evaluates all donations for their historical significance, condition, and relevance to our collection. Some objects may be used for research, education, or stored in our collection’s facility for future use. However, all objects donated to the museum are preserved and maintained for future generations.

      How long will it take to hear back regarding a decision about my historical object donation request?

      Our collections committee meets at the end of each month to consider historical object donation requests received throughout the month. Please give the committee ample time to consider your donation request. You should receive a response about the decision regarding your donation request within the first two weeks of the following month. The museum understands that many objects have personal meanings and memories attached to them. Although we wish we could accept every object, due to lack of space we simply cannot. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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