Make a Donation

Private donations are instrumental in keeping the museum open to the public and keeping admission free.  We appreciate your support!  

Cash donations can be left in the donation box near the front door of the museum.  These are anonymous and will not be recognized in our donor list or for tax purposes.

The University of Iowa Foundation accepts donations by check or credit card to support the Old Capitol Museum and Pentacrest Museums.  To make a gift or to learn more, visit

What your gift supports

Donations support every aspect of our operations.  In a typical year, approximately 15-20% of the Pentacrest Museums operating budget comes from gifts or from the return on our endowment.  

Currently, most private gifts to the Old Capitol Museum and Pentacrest Museums go to wages for our student docents, tour guides, and education assistants, production or rental of temporary exhibits, maintenance of the building and collections, and staff salaries.  In general, student support is our single greatest area of need.

Donations of objects and other in-kind donations

If you have artifacts or objects you are thinking of donating to the museum's collections, please contact our collections manager to discuss the idea.  There are strict rules governing our acceptance of some materials, and some items are covered by state, federal, and international law.  We can also help make sure your donated objects go to the part of the university best able to care for them and use them.

If you represent a local business interested in making an in-kind donation in return for sponsorship credit for events or programming, please contact us at to discuss how we can work together.