Donating to the Collection of Bartow History Museum

The Bartow History Museum welcomes donations of documents, photographs, and artifacts to its permanent collection.  All artifacts or items donated to the Museum are reviewed by a collections committee, following the criteria listed below:

  • artifact must be in good to fair condition
  • artifact must have a solid connection to life in and the history of Bartow County’s residents, places, and events
  • the Museum must have available space to store, and resources to care for the artifact

After an artifact has been reviewed and accepted for donation to the Museum’s collection, a Deed of Gift form will be mailed to the donor for the donor’s signature.  Once an artifact has been donated with a Deed of Gift signed, the item then legally belongs to the Bartow History Museum and cannot be returned to the donor.

Donations of artifacts to the Museum, a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, are tax deductible as allowed by law.  In compliance with the Internal Revenue Service, Museum staff cannot appraise donations for tax purposes.  We suggest you contact an appraiser through the International Society of Appraisers at (206) 241-0359 or at

Artifacts donated to the Museum are not always put on display immediately.  Items must be documented, researched, and prepared for exhibit.  Not all items will be used in permanent displays, but may perhaps be used in special exhibits on specific subjects or time periods.

We encourage you to consider donating your historic documents, photographs, and artifacts to the Bartow History Museum where they can be preserved and used to educate others in the future.  Please call (770) 382-3818 ext. 6285 or email to discuss potential donations.