Nearly all of the museum's archives are digitized, as well as a portion of the Museum's objects, thanks to support from the National Maritime Heritage Foundation.
The vast majority of the museum's collections are made up of generous and thoughtful donations by the local community. The museum primarily accepts donations which document the general maritime history both of Cold Spring Harbor and Long Island, as well as pieces which are part of the general American whaling story. We also accept donations which help our educators teach programs about science, art, culture, and history.
If you are interested in donating a piece to the collection, first please check out our guidelines. An appointment is required to bring your item to the museum; donations cannot be accepted without one.
Please note we do not appraise any items. All museums are legally prohibited from doing so. We do not authenticate pieces or place value on items. Those seeking this information should contact an appraiser or auction house.
We welcome research requests.
The museum loans objects and photos to appropriate institutions (not individuals) whose missions are in line with the museum's purpose.
Please email our Collections & Exhibits Coordinator with a formal request, including a description of the project, timeline, and facilities report. At least 6 months lead time is suggested.