Frazier History Museum

Object Donation, Research & Appraisal Requests

Donating Objects:

The Frazier Museum depends on the donation of artifacts to provide the community with educational opportunities and exciting new exhibitions.

We collect objects that can help us illustrate the rich history of the United States and many foreign countries. Our collections not only include arms and armor, but also clothing, photographs, flags, documents and much more. The Frazier Museum is also interested in materials related to the history of the city of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Not every object donated to the museum needs to document well-known people or significant events in history. A housewife’s work dress, a program from an event or a manufacturer’s catalog can all be important, especially if the donor can tell us who used them and when they were used.

The Frazier Museum accepts donated objects for two different purposes. Our accessioned collections are housed in our state-of-the-art storage facility and are cared for by trained collections staff. These objects are used in our exhibitions, programming and research. Objects in our unaccessioned collections  are used for educational programming as a hands-on learning experience for students and visitors.

If you are considering donating an object to the Frazier Museum, please contact us by phone at (502) 753-1037 or email Chief Curator, Brigid Muldoon at

Research Requests:

The Curatorial staff is available to answer inquiries about arms and armor, militaria and related material. Staff members cannot undertake extensive research, but will, within reasonable limits, provide information about artifacts when our knowledge and resources permit. Please anticipate a minimum turnaround time of two weeks for a research request.

If you would like to meet with a member of the Curatorial staff in person, you must make an appointment in advance. Appointments are available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To submit a research inquiry or arrange an appointment, call (502) 753-5671 or email Curator of Collections Zachary Distel at

Can the Museum Appraise Objects for Me?

Although the Frazier Museum welcomes artifact donations, we do not provide authentication and appraisal services. We do not give appraisals or statements of monetary value in keeping with current ethical codes outlined by the American Association of Museums. In addition, the Frazier Museum wishes to avoid potential conflicts of interest by declining to recommend individual appraisers or provide references to those seeking information on an appraiser.

An object’s value can often be determined by consulting one of the many price guides available in libraries and bookstores. Some price guides provide approximate values for different types of objects; others offer specific price information.

If you wish to obtain a formal, written appraisal of an object (for which you will most likely be charged a fee), please consult the following professional associations to find an accredited appraiser in your area.

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
Phone: (703) 478-2228
Fax: (703) 742-8471

Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
Phone: (212) 889-5404
Fax: (212) 889-5503

International Society of Appraisers
Riverview Plaza Office Park
16040 Christensen Road, Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98188-2929
Phone: (206) 241-0359
Fax: (206)241-0436