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U-2 exhibitThe National Museum of the U.S. Air Force always encourages the public to help broaden and enrich the history of the United States Air Force through donations. The generosity of the public provides many of the artifacts used by the museum to create, sustain and continually enhance its many exhibits. However, due to the volume of offers that occur each day, we cannot accept unsolicited material dropped off at the museum or unsolicited material sent through the mail.

If you would like to donate an item(s) to the museum, please email nationalmuseum.donations@us.af.mil or send a letter to:

National Museum of the USAF
Collection Management Division
Attn: Donation Offers
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433

All donation offers are reviewed by the museum's Collection Committee for retention, either for exhibit at the museum, loan to certified organizations or preservation in our research/study collection. Please provide any biographical/background information, historical significance, etc. about the item(s) you wish to donate. Items offered to the museum are accepted only when donated unconditionally as gifts without restrictions, free and clear of all encumbrances. If the committee approves the donation offer, you will be contacted and provided with further instructions.

If at some point during the donation process it is determined that the item(s) does not meet the required criteria for the collection, the item(s) may be declined. Our Collection Policy does not allow for the museum to dispose of or forward material to other organizations.

Please understand that while we wish we could accept any and all offers, we have neither the storage capability nor the staff resources to maintain such an enormous undertaking. While we cannot guarantee that the item(s) will be placed on exhibit, we can promise that it will be preserved and cared for as a valued part of the Air Force's national historical collection for future generations.

Thank you for your generosity and support of the National Museum of the United States Air Force.

Click here for frequently asked questions about donating an item to the museum.

Click here to see a Donation Wish List.

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