Donate an Artifact

Collecting artifacts documenting the history of the aircraft carrier Intrepid, the supersonic aircraft Concorde, the submarine Growler and the space shuttle orbiter Enterprise allows us to share the extraordinary history of these important artifacts and their crews with our current and future visitors.

A display case featuring various artifacts, including a uniform
Leave a Piece from the Past

At the Intrepid Museum, we use our rich collection of artifacts for a number of different things. While some items may be put on display, others are used for our Education Department’s hands-on programming for students. Additional items, such as photographs and archival documents, support the Museum’s research efforts and supplement tours. We also feature pieces from our collections on our website and social channels for all our followers to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Museum primarily collects items related to Intrepid, Growler, Concorde and Enterprise. We are particularly interested in personal items used and created during service, such as diaries, letters, photographs, works of art and slides, as well as gear, uniforms, training materials and other items associated with service. If you have questions about whether or not your artifacts are appropriate for our collection, we encourage you to email us by clicking the link below.

Please fill out our donation form or email us using the link below to be put in touch with our collections manager. We kindly ask that you contact us before sending us your artifacts or bringing them with you to the Museum. We will work with you on shipping the items to the Museum, but we cannot accept artifacts in person from prospective donors.

We are grateful for donations of artifacts, photos, letters and other memorabilia, but please refrain from bringing items on your visit, as we do not accept artifacts in person. We will work with you on shipping items to the Museum—to do so, please email us by clicking the link below.

A collections committee meets monthly to decide on potential acquisitions, and if your artifact is accepted, they will issue you an itemized Deed of gift, which formalizes the donation. If, for some reason, your artifacts are not accepted, they will be returned to you or, if you prefer, given to our Educational Department for hands-on programming. See our Gift Information for Artifact Donors Document or Collections Management Policy for more information on our procedures.

Every item in the Museum’s collection helps us tell the stories of Intrepid, Growler, Concorde and Enterprise, as well as the many individuals involved in their design and operation. Our staff uses the collection for a variety of projects, including research, educational programming, exhibitions, online articles and social media.

We cannot guarantee that artifacts will be put on display. Each donation expands our ability to tell the stories of Intrepid, Growler, Concorde and Enterprise and is used in a variety of ways, including research, educational programming, online articles and on our social channels. We also preserve our collections so that future generations will be able to learn from them.

At this time, we have temporarily suspended appointments for donors to visit our collections storage facility. If you would like digital copies of your donation, please email us by clicking the link below.

Donate an Artifact Today

From uniforms, tools, diaries, souvenirs, ephemera, cruise books, documents, letters, photographs and slides, we collect various items from historical moments in the past. Interested in donating an item? Please fill out the form by clicking the link below, and our collections manager will be happy to help.

The front and sides of an old pin that has an arm outstretched holding a blue submarine.