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Donate to the Museum Collections

We are grateful to all who donate items (tangible property) to Living History Farms. All gifts of tangible property must be reviewed before Living History Farms can accept them. Please do not drop any potential item donations at the museum without going through the review process.

We accept the following types of donations:

  • Items for our Collections – This includes artifacts from the time periods we interpret (1700, 1850, 1876, and 1900), along with textiles and quilts into the 1900s. Please review our prospective donation process below.
  • Computers & Other Technology Equipment – Please contact Elizabeth Keest Sedrel at (515)278-5286 ext 117 or at to see if your item(s) would be needed.
  • Office Supplies – Please contact Kasey Bunce at (515)278-5286 ext 113 or to see if your item(s) would be needed.


Historic Quilt ShowDonating Historical Artifacts

Living History Farms is grateful to all who donate historical artifacts to our museum collections. We continuously look for items to add to our programs, and welcome artifacts that can help us to interpret the history of farming and rural life in the time periods we currently present at our historical sites.

What we collect

Thank you for your interest in Living History Farms’ historic collection. The collection currently includes over 19,000 items, ranging from tractors to quilts – and most things in between. We are currently inventorying our entire existing collection. To help facilitate that process, Living History Farms is not able to accept new artifact donation offers at this time.

However, if you have an item or items that you feel would be beneficial to the Farms and its collection, we invite you to contact us. Everyone is welcome to submit a donation proposal, which will be reviewed once we begin actively collecting again. Please contact the Collections Department at or call (515) 278-5286 to learn more.

Prospective Donation to LHF Collections Form

Collecting areas include: artifacts from the time periods we interpret (1700, 1850, 1876, and 1900) as well as textiles and quilts into the 1900s. Our collections focus on agricultural and domestic life in Iowa, as well as transportation and professional trades.

Please do bring items to Living History Farms.  Our Collections Policy does not allow us to receive objects that are left or abandoned. Unsolicited items will not be accepted.

Federal Law prohibits museums from providing appraisals.

To see a small selection of our current holdings, please visit our online collections database.


Monetary donations to museum collections

Living History Farms museum collections department is grateful for financial support that will help to acquire needed objects and to keep providing preservation care of the collections. Those who have interest in supporting these activities may contact our Vice President of Development by email at or by phone at 515-278-5286 Ext. 120.

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