COVID-19 Artefact Donation FAQ

Are you still accepting donations at this time?

Yes, we are still able to accept artefact donations from the community at this time. However, we have had to implement some new procedures. As a result, all potential donors must contact curatorial staff ahead of time with information about the item(s) they are interested in donating. We are not able to accept unscheduled walk-in donations at this time. We ask that all potential donors fill out and email/mail in our Intention to Donate Form. Once we’ve received your completed form, a member of the Curatorial Department will be in touch.


I’m uncomfortable entering the Museum right now, can I still donate my item(s)?

Absolutely! When you contact the Curatorial Department about your potential donation, please let us know you would prefer a contactless donation. We can arrange to for you to mail your item(s), or to do a curbside drop-off of the item(s).


What are you doing to protect donors when we arrive to drop-off our item(s)?

When you arrive for your scheduled meeting with Curatorial Staff, we will be wearing a mask and gloves. We will also have already provided to you all the necessary paperwork for you to fill-in and sign. This will keep the interaction short, and allow for the proper physical distancing.


What are you doing to protect the Curatorial Staff that will be receiving and processing my donation?

Masks are mandatory in our region, so we ask all donors entering the Museum to wear a mask or face covering. Our staff has also had specific training regarding COVID-19 awareness, how to properly don and doff a mask and gloves, and disinfectant protocols. In addition, we will be keeping in-person meetings with donors short, making every effort to communicate before/after via telephone, email, or video chat. In addition, all new donations into the Museum’s collection will immediately be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival at the Museum. Once the quarantine period has ended, the staff member will process the donation, utilizing all necessary PPE and sanitization standards necessary.


I have information/stories/provenance that I want to pass along when I donate my artefact.

We always love to hear and learn more about the artefacts that are being donated into our collection. This adds a wonderful depth to our collection, and helps to expand the usefulness of these items for research and display. At this time, we will not be able to have these conversations in person, however, we are happy to chat over email, telephone, or video chat in order to capture this important information. Please contact Ms. Jennifer Dunn, Assistant Curator, in order to schedule a time to chat. She can be reached at 613-965-2511 or


How long will it take for my donation to be processed?

With this new system in place, the processing period for new donations will be longer than normal, largely due to the 14 day quarantine period. If you have questions at anytime regarding the status of your recent donation, please do not hesitate to contact our Assistant Curator, Ms. Jennifer Dunn, who will be happy to update you.