The Muse Foundation of New York is a fully registered private foundation affiliated with The Museum of Sex. Its mission is to work with The Museum of Sex to preserve and make available a comprehensive collection of materials relating to the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality.
Before submitting for consideration the Foundation will require the following on the intended donation:
A photograph of the artifact/s, digital image or detailed inventoried description of the artifact/s (Digital files are preferred.)
All available information on the history and provenance of the artifact/s
Potential donor’s name, address and phone number
The MuSe Foundation and the Museum of Sex at no time will make available your personal information to any third party; your personal information will remain confidential between you and The Museum of Sex and the MuSe Foundation. We may disclose personal information only if required to do so by law or that such action is necessary to (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on us; (b) protect and defend our rights or property or those of our visitors, and (c) act as immediately necessary in order to protect the personal safety of our visitors or the general public.
The donor will be responsible for transporting the artifact to the museum.
Please send all donation information to:
233 5th Avenue, Suite 3B
NewYork, NY 10016
Donation offers are reviewed as they are received.
Due to the high volume of material submitted for review we are not always able to respond to everyone or to meet personally to review all portfolios. We appreciate your understanding.
Museum of Sex Curatorial Staff
SELECTION AND RETENTION CRITERIA:
Materials should be pertinent to the broad mission of the Museum. Not all materials warrant permanent archival preservation. To determine which materials should be acquired or retained, the staff will use the following criteria:
Relevance to present or potential Museum mission and requirements
Relation to the collection and other publications on the subject, including duplication of materials already in the collection and the importance of informational or evidential value
The legal rights of the donor to place the records in the Archives
Compliance with copyright standards
Condition of the material
Availability of resources required to make the material available for research in a reasonable period of time
Availability of preservation resources, such as storage space, copying and conservation, staff time, etc.
Extent and terms of any restrictions to access.
Availability of the material from other sources, such as local libraries, historical organizations, and document repositories
Establishing the donation value for tax purposes is the sole responsibility of the donor. The MuSe Foundation, Museum of Sex or its staff will not, as an interested party, provide a qualified appraisal of the value of a proposed donation. Please contact the American Society of Appraisers (www.appraisers.org) to find an accredited appraiser in your area.
A deed of gift, which transfers ownership of the collection to the MuSe and testifies to the rights and obligations of both parties will be provided for all materials donated to the Foundation. The agreement or deed of gift shall be signed by the donor and the Foundation Director or designated representatives.
An accompanying tax receipt stating the value of the donation will be produced only when an accredited appraisal is provided by the donor.
Artifacts in the permanent collections of the MuSe Foundation/Museum of Sex will be retained in perpetuity if they continue to be relevant and useful to furthering the mission of the MuSe Foundation and the Museum of Sex and if they can be properly stored, preserved, and used. When these conditions no longer prevail, artifacts may be deaccessioned from the permanent collections at the discretion of the Museum’s collection manager.