Donate to the Collection

We depend on the generosity of individuals and organizations.  Donations by the public of photographs, letters and papers, diaries, books, uniforms, insignia, equipment, weapons, wartime souvenirs, and personal belongings, etc. constitute the museum’s greatest source of artifacts.  In fact, more than 90% of the items in the collection have been donated by civic-minded private citizens.  Donating artifacts is one of the most important ways you can ensure the preservation of Minnesota’s military history and heritage for future generations.    

Because of limited space and resources, we must now be selective about what we accept. Please do not be offended if we cannot accept certain items (we may already have several just like it in our care).  Donations made to the museum become permanent unconditional gifts and may or may not be exhibited, depending on the current exhibit needs.  

The value of your donation is tax-deductible. 

To inquire about donating artifacts or archival materials to the museum, please contact the museum at 320-616-6050, or e-mail Please see our Wish List page for details.

Thanks to all our donors—past, present, and future.  WE SALUTE YOU!