SAAM is always accepting genuine historical aviation artifacts and memorabilia. If the item has significant historical value, and it adds to our displays, it is likely to be placed on display immediately, otherwise it will be archived for inclusion in future displays and/or preservation. A recent example which went directly on display was the donation of a framed flag from 1919 with the signatures of Ross and Keith Smith on it. It has been placed into our Smith Brothers display along with the other (genuine) 1919 first flight memorabilia generously donated by the Smith Family. Another example is a rare WW1 observer's drop bag and notepad which has been placed into our WW1 display. Yet another was a rare Mk.2 Spitfire gunsight (pictured) into our WW2 display and also a very rare Mitsubishi Zero gunsight into our WW2 in the pacific display.
Donations are subject to our Collections Policy. Broadly, the policy requires the donor to own the donated item free of encumbrances and, particularly for a significant artifact, for it to have clearly established provenance. If you are considering such a donation, we recommend that you drop by the Museum or contact us at 8240 1230 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss it with us.