The Mannum Dock Museum collects so that future generations can enjoy our rich river history. Due to the public’s generosity we continue to care for and interpret a dynamic range of cultural material and give relevance and meaning to our regions pasts and futures.
What sort of things can I donate?
Our diverse collection includes items ranging from the fantastic to the rare to the everyday. The best items are those with a connection to the Murray Darling river system or Mannum and surrounding districts – particularly those with a strong personal story. We collect objects, documents, artworks, vessels and many other items.
What do I need to do?
Contact the Museum’s Curator and your donation will be discussed. If suitable for our collection an appointment may be made so that the Museum can view the item and discuss its history with you. The decision on whether to accept or decline an offer of a donation will be made by the Museum Group which meets monthly. Then it is simply a matter of completing a donation form.
What will happen to it then?
Your item will be managed by the Museum in accordance with the Mannum Dock Museum’s Collection Management Policy.
In the future your item may be included in exhibitions, used to interpret a particular theme or story, or travel with a Museum exhibition.
What if I change my mind?
It is important to discuss your intention to donate with all family members. A donation is a legal transfer of ownership and therefore difficult to reverse. But remember, your contribution ensures that South Australia’s heritage stays relevant and diverse, and that your item will have a well-managed future.
How can I find out more?
For more information please contact Museum Coordinator, Museum Coordinator on 08 8569 2733 or email
Cultural Gifts Program
Your donation may be organised as a tax deduction through the Commonwealth Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. The program encourages gifts of significant cultural material to public museums, art galleries and libraries by offering donors a tax deduction for the market value of their gifts, under Subdivision 30-A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
For further details go directly to the website at www.arts.gov.au and follow the arts and culture links.