The diversity and depth of the Mareeba Heritage Museum Collections owes much to the generous donations of individuals and organisations. Donations help build and enrich the Museum collections’ and ensures Mareeba’s history and stories are preserved for the benefit of all Australians today and for the future. How are donation offers assessed? The Museum follows a Collections Policy that provides guidelines for all aspects of collection management for the Mareeba Heritage Museum. Acceptance of donations is guided by relevance, significance, provenance and documentation, condition and integrity, interpretative and educational potential, rarity, representativeness, duplication and legal requirements. Mareeba Heritage Museum will only collect material culture from the Mareeba Shire Council area (and the former Woothakata Shire region) that illustrates these histories.
Collection of any of items will depend on storage and display options available (there is limited space for large agricultural machinery). Items for display purposes must be sufficiently robust to withstand our local tropical conditions. The collection of textiles and photographs especially will be subject to suitable storage conditions with particular attention paid to criteria. Please Note: The acceptance of donations is temporarily cancelled and the opportunity will return at a later date. We’ll update this page to let you know as soon as this option becomes available again.
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Should you be interested in donating some materials to the Mareeba Heritage Museum, we ask that you please submit information pertaining to the items and materials either via email or in writing. When doing so, please ensure you include all contact information, along with any historical detail and photographs of your material. You can email us or if you’d rather write to us please address your correspondence to the Museum Curator, Mareeba Heritage Centre, 345 Byrnes Street, Mareeba Qld 4880. If you would prefer to talk with our Museum Curator or Collections Manager about your material first, please phone 07 4092 5674.
The Museum will acquire items for permanent collection by donation, bequest, purchase or transfer. The Museum will not accept conditional donations or bequests. The Mareeba Heritage Museum will not accept loans from any donor in the community or from any other institution, on application it will participate in Travelling Exhibitions and Community displays.
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