Donate an object

  • Bowl

    A pair of porcelain bowls with underglaze blue decoration. China, 1540-1600 AD. A part of the Sir John M Addis bequest.

  • Inuinnait ulu knife

    Inuinnait ulu knife made and donated by Adam Kudlak.

  • Gold Royal Geographical Society medal, awarded to Scott in 1904.

    Gold Royal Geographical Society medal, awarded to Captain Scott in 1904. Acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

  • Jimmy Pike, Murungurrwarnti, 1985, screenprint on white wove paper

    Jimmy Pike, Murungurrwarnti, 1985, screenprint on white wove paper. Donated by Gordon Darling.

Donate an object to the Museum

The British Museum is very grateful to those who donate objects to its collection and under the UK’s Cultural Gifts Scheme, tax reduction is available for income tax, capital gains or corporation tax liabilities when donating an object to the British Museum.

Acceptance in Lieu

The Acceptance in Lieu scheme enables UK tax payers to transfer important works of art and other heritage objects to the nation while paying Inheritance Tax, or one of its earlier forms. The taxpayer is given the full open market of the item, which, if appropriate, is then allocated to the Museum.


The Trustees of the British Museum are obliged to make sure that every acquisition is in line with its policy, and that we have the resources to conserve and store donated objects appropriately. If the Museum cannot accommodate your gift, it may be able to suggest an alternative recipient.

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For more information about donating an object, contact  or call +44 (0)20 7323 8933

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American Friends of the British Museum

A tax-exempt organisation organised under section 501 (c) (3) of the US Internal Revenue Code, which accepts donations of money, stock and art.

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