Donating to our collection

Donating an item is a wonderful way you can help us to continue to build the Museum’s collection of applied arts and sciences and enrich the stories we share now and into the future.

Donation offers

To assess donation offers, the Museum requires information and photographs. The types of information that help us make a decision include:

  • History of the object — Can you tell us about the life of this object and any personal stories of the people connected to it?
  • Provenance of the object — Do you know who made this object, when they made it and the history of its ownership since it was made?
  • Condition of the object — Is it complete? Has it been altered? Is there any damage? What are its dimensions?
  • Photographs of the object — These images should be clear and show as much detail as possible (ie show labels, brand names, packaging, model numbers and any areas of damage).

Donations are assessed on a case-by-case basis by the Museum’s curators according to the Museum’s Collection Development Policy. The curator responsible for the area of your donation will contact you directly about your offer and guide you through the process, which can take some time to complete. With your help, the curator will build a case to recommend the object to the Museum’s Collection Committee. The decision to acquire or not is often a difficult one, and there is no guarantee that MAAS will be able to accept items that are offered for donation.

Items offered for donation cannot be left at the Museum. Please do not post precious objects, documents or photographs. MAAS holds no responsibility for items sent in the post.


Contact us


Phone: +61 2 9217 0192


Curatorial Department
Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences
500 Harris Street
Ultimo NSW 2007