Make a monetary donation to The History Museum

To make a donation via personal check, please mail your donation to:

The History Museum
422 2nd Street South
Great Falls, Montana 59405

Donate an object to The History Museum

The History Museum collects objects that tell the story of Cascade County and North Central Montana.

To donate a three-dimensional object to The History Museum’s collection, please begin by contacting Ashleigh McCann, Collections Curator at 406-452-3462 or by email collections@thehistorymuseum.org.

Do not drop off items without contacting The History Museum first.

The Collections Curator will ask you a few questions about your item, namely the item’s history of ownership, the age of the item, and most importantly, the item’s connection to Cascade County or North Central Montana. The History Museum cannot accept items that are simply old, they must be able to illustrate the story of our local history.

Offered items must be put through an accessions committee before they are accepted in to The History Museum’s collection. This may take a few weeks, since we make efforts to not accept duplicate items to our collection and to do as much research on an item as necessary before accepting it.

Please note: The History Museum Collections Department cannot accept items that

  1. Have no relevance to Cascade County or North Central Montana
  2. Come with restrictions, such as permanent display or exhibition of an entire collection
  3. Are in too poor condition or would have extraordinary storage needs

The History Museum must be reasonably assured that the donor has legal title to the object and can convey that title to the Museum. The Museum cannot accept items known to have been illegally imported or acquired, or to have resulted from the improper destruction of historic or archaeological sites, buildings, districts, or objects.

Donate archival materials to The History Museum

The History Museum collects researchable materials that tell the story of Cascade County and North Central Montana.

Examples of what The History Museum Archives collects:

Photographs of identified people, buildings, or landscapes, yearbooks, letters, journals or diaries, maps, blueprints, renovation information, architectural drawings, scrapbooks, business records, business or local pamphlets/brochures/other ephemera, city records, published local history or locally written fiction or nonfiction, oral histories

All of the above must be related to Cascade County or North Central Montana.

To donate researchable material to The History Museum, please begin by contacting Megan Sanford, Archives Administrator at 406-452-3462 or by email archives@thehistorymuseum.org.

Do not drop off items without contacting The History Museum first.

Please note: The History Museum Archives does not accept the following examples:

Newspapers (The History Museum will sometimes accept memorable newspaper headlines to sell in our gift shop)

Photographs which are unable to be connected to our collecting scope

National-level publications (such as LIFE or National Geographic magazine)

State-level publications (some exceptions may apply)