Donating or Selling Objects to the Museum

Thank you for your interest in donating or selling items to Oakland Museum of California’s permanent collection. Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) collects art, history, and natural sciences objects related to California.

Please do not bring objects to the Museum. They will not be accepted.

In order to consider your donation of artwork(s), artifact(s) or specimen(s), OMCA requires interested parties to submit a proposal via this form to be considered by our curatorial and collections staff.

If you are unable or choose not to use this form, please submit a written proposal which includes the following information:

  1. Whether you are offering a donation or sale. If the item is for sale, please provide price and any conditions or terms.
  2. Connections to California are essential, so please be sure to state them.
  3. Information about the object such as a general description, the name of artist or manufacturer (if known), dimensions, date made, history of how it was made or used, and any other details you can provide.
  4. High-quality photos of the object. Visual documentation is important to the acquisition process to help our staff assess the condition of the object.

Once we receive your complete proposal, OMCA staff will carefully consider your offer, and make a decision based on criteria such as its relevance to the OMCA mission, how well it fits with plans for the OMCA Collection, whether it is in good condition, and whether we can adequately care for it in the future. Not all donation or sale offers can be accepted. If the object is accepted, you may be asked for formal documentation of ownership.

We respond to all proposals. However, depending on the unique considerations of each proposal, it can take anywhere from one month to six months for us to respond.

Please note that we cannot offer appraisals nor can we recommend appraisers. For these questions, please visit the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) website or call ASA at 800-272-8258.

Mail written proposals to:

Oakland Museum of California
Attention: OMCA Lab, Acquisitions Committee
1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607

Or submit via email to: ehansen@museumca.org

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Oakland Museum of California.