Artifact Loans

Artifact Loans


The National Veterans Memorial & Museum is slated to open to the public in summer 2018, so the exhibition program for the museum is nearing completion. The exhibit designers have made a strategic effort to highlight a wide range of veterans, personal artifacts, and experiences. With more than 20 million living veterans, the stories are rich and plentiful. We envision that the museum’s inaugural exhibition program of stories, artifacts and tributes at the opening will be the beginning of its program. The museum will continue to invest in securing more artifacts and narratives to enhance and expand the original stories being featured when the museum opens.

The museum is interested in photos, letters, personal effects, or keepsakes; as well as objects related to enlisting, training, combat, the experience of families, or the return to civilian life. By honoring veterans across all branches of service, by educating, connecting, and inspiring visitors, the museum will strengthen our shared pride in sacrifice. Your memorabilia will give a personal dimension to this mission, and build a lasting legacy.

We encourage you to complete this form to submit items to the museum for review, so we can formally collect your information for future consideration. Please note that the submission of this form does not guarantee a feature in the museum, but we will keep it on record as exhibits continue to grow and expand.

The National Veterans Memorial & Museum is not a collecting institution, so we are not able to accept donations of artifacts at this point in time. All artifacts featured in the museum are curated through a loan process.

If you have memorabilia that documents Ohioans' military service, we encourage you to reach out to our partners at the Ohio History Connection. We are working with the Ohio History Connection to collect Ohio-related items to be considered for future National Veterans Memorial & Museum exhibits. If you would like to donate military/veteran memorabilia to the Ohio History Connection, please email collections@ohiohistory.org. The curatorial staff will be in touch within two weeks to learn more.