Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my donation be exhibited at the museum?

Due to regularly rotating exhibitions, Gilcrease Museum cannot guarantee that donated items will be exhibited. Like many public museums, only about six percent of the museum collection is on exhibit at any one time; the remainder of the collection is provided for in secure, high-quality on-site storage and may be used for research or educational purposes. You may rest assured that your gift will be provided with the best custodianship regardless of whether it is displayed.

What type of tax benefit can I claim for my gift?

Non-cash gifts to Gilcrease Museum are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. We suggest you work in conjunction with a certified tax preparer to determine the deductibility of your donation and prepare the required paperwork. Gilcrease Museum does not prepare tax documents but we can work with your preparer to ensure that the necessary information is provided. For donations valued at $5,000 or above, the IRS may require the services of a qualified appraiser to document actual value. While IRS regulations prohibit the employees of United States museums from providing value estimations, you can contact the Registrar’s office to request a list of appraisal resources including accredited appraisers who will be happy to assist you.

Can I (or my family/descendants) come back later to see my gift?

You are always welcome to return to visit your gift regardless of whether it is exhibited at the time of your visit; however, if your donation is not on display you will be required to contact the appropriate department to set up an appointment at least two weeks in advance of your visit. To inquire about whether an item will be exhibited at the time of your visit, please contact the corresponding department:

Curator of Art (paintings, drawings, sculpture): 918-596-2745
Librarian (documents, books, manuscripts, maps): 918-631-6441
Anthropology Collections Manager (artifacts, ethnographical materials): 918-596-2747