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Impact The Future of History

Those who gift or loan us vehicles, contextual artifacts, library and archive items, or provide funds toward our operations, education, and collection maintenance. To date, the Gilmore collection consists of over 250 vehicles, 7,500 transportation relation artifacts, and nearly 500,000 library and archival items. Collection items are rotated through exhibits in order to help us tell the story of transportation in America.

Donating or Lending to the Museum

To maintain the integrity of our collections, the Gilmore Car Museum has a Collections Review Committee consisting of dedicated people who carefully evaluate each offered item. They meet once each month to review all offers and will consider an object's overall condition, rarity, originality, authenticity, history, and provenance.

  • Donations
    If you are interested in donating to the Gilmore Car Museum's permanent collection, please view our donation terms and conditions. If your donation is accepted by the Collections Review Committee, your gift will be considered a tax-deductible donation. Due to IRS requirements and non-profit regulations, the Gilmore Car Museum is unable to provide a museum membership in exchange for your donation to our collection.

    Items will be accepted for the museum's collection if they fall within the scope of the museum's mission and can be managed with available resources. If items fall outside of these parameters, donors may still support the collection and receive recognition by making an unrestricted gift for resale purposes. Proceeds from these sales will go directly to supporting the collection by providing funds to further our preservation efforts.

    For information about our policies, procedures, collections review committee, or tax deductible donations, please view our Collections Policies & Procedures document.
  • Loans
    If you wish to loan us an item for display in the Gilmore Car Museum, standard loan agreements are for a minimum of one year. For more information, please view our loan terms and conditions.

To submit an item for review, please click one of the links below to download and complete an application:

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