Collecting Muskegon County History Now
The Lakeshore Museum Center is asking for your help to create a record of life during the pandemic. While things are uncertain, collecting now will help future Muskegon residents understand these unprecedented times in our history.
If you have documented life today in your community or even in your own home, consider donating your digital photographs or videos.
Thank you for considering the Lakeshore Museum Center for your donation. The Museum relies on donations from individuals, organizations, and corporations.
The Museum considers offers of:
Cultural history artifacts
Natural history specimens
These items are included in the Museum’s permanent collection, education and hands-on use, or reference collection. Artifacts are used to benefit the Lakeshore Museum Center, Archives, Hackley & Hume Historic Sites, Fire Barn Museum, and the Scolnik House of the Depression Era.
How to Donate an Artifact
To inquire about donating to the collection of the Lakeshore Museum Center, please contact the Collections Manager at 231.724.5532 or via email at [email protected].
Photographs and descriptions via email are encouraged.
Please do not bring or mail items to the Museum. They will not be accepted. First, contact the Collections Manager to schedule time to review your donation.
Staff cannot appraise, assign a monetary value to items or suggest specific appraisers. If you plan to get an appraisal for an artifact, please do this before leaving items in the custody of the Museum and completing the donation.
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Lakeshore Museum Center. If you have any questions, contact our staff today!
Artifact Selection Criteria
Artifact selection at the Lakeshore Museum Center is based on the following criteria:
Relevance to the mission and collection of the Lakeshore Museum Center
Condition of the item
Long-term care requirements of the item