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Senior Curator Paul Scofield, left, with sculptor Paul Deans who gifted turtle fossils to the Museum

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Donating to the Collection 

We can't currently accept in-person donations at the Museum. Instead, please email our curators on with a picture of the item/s and any related information.

While we welcome offers of gifts, we can't accept everything. All gift offers are carefully considered and decisions guided by our collecting themes and policies.

If you have an item that you are thinking of gifting to the Museum, please contact or 03 366 5000. See below for Frequently Asked Questions.

If you wish to make a monetary donation to the Museum, please visit our Donate page.

Donating to the Collection