Donating Your Collection

Overview: Donations Encouraged

The California State Railroad Museum welcomes donations. The Museum's Collections are primarily the result of the gifts of many individual and corporate donors. The Museum makes additions to the collections primarily by donation more than 95 percent of the present collection is the result of gifts from more than 2,000 donors since the Museum's inception in 1976.

Each year families, collectors, and companies select the California State Railroad Museum as the permanent repository for their railroad photographs, books, manuscripts, and artifacts. The Museum Library has a distinguished record for acquiring, organizing, preserving and making available collections of photographic and documentary materials. To learn more about donating collections to the Museum, please choose from the following: