Artifact Donation

Help us create a national treasure that tells the story of what it means to be a U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athlete.

If you have treasures from your Olympic or Paralympic experience that you would like to donate or loan to the Museum so they can be shared with the world, hang on to them and send us an image via the link below. We look for all kinds of items– training schedules, tickets, competition numbers, photographs, scrapbooks, programs, medals, uniforms, warm-ups, equipment and more.

Collections scope

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum’s collections consists of artifacts, images, manuscripts and documents which honor, celebrate, capture and record the history of the members of Team USA, the Olympic & Paralympic movements, and the hopes and dreams of future generations. The Museum’s collection preserves the history of the Museum in addition to the aforementioned entities, provides access to this information through physical and digital exhibitions, inspires others and promotes the core values of the Olympic and Paralympic movements: friendship, respect and excellence; determination, equality, inspiration and courage.

Inquiries regarding donations or loans

Thank you for considering a donation or loan to the Museum! Due to the amount of interest in the Museum, it is important that all donations and loans be handled properly to ensure the safety of all items. The Museum does not accept donations or loans at the front desk.

To submit a proposal for donation or loan, please follow one of these procedures:

    • Fill out the online application
    • Send an email to [email protected]
    • Fill out an Artifact Donation Interest Form or Artifact Loan Interest Form at the Museum’s front desk


If sending an email regarding your interest in artifact donation or loan, please include:

  • Whether you are looking to donate or loan your item(s)
  • Images of your item(s)
  • An itemized list of your item(s)
  • Any additional information about your items such as:
    • What Olympic or Paralympic Games the item is from
    • The name of the athlete who signed your item
    • If your item was used in competition, by whom, and when
    • Appraisal values, if applicable
    • The length and dates of your intended loan, if interested in loaning item(s)

Instructions for joining the potential loan registry

If you are interested in potentially loaning an item to the Museum for a future exhibit, you may request to join the Museum’s Potential Loan Registry List. This list is confidential and assists the Museum in the planning of future exhibits and sourcing exhibition loans.

To request to join this registry, please email [email protected] and include the following:

  • First and last name
  • Phone number
  • Mailing address
  • Email address
  • Name of item(s)
  • Images of item(s)
  • Detailed description of each item

Instructions for requesting research access

To request access and schedule an appointment to view the Museum’s Archival Collection materials, please send your organization affiliation, the types of documents you are looking to review, and a copy of your research abstract and topic of interest to [email protected]. Your request will be reviewed as quickly as possible. We request at least one-month notice for research requests.

Donating or loaning an item to the Museum
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