Help us care for our collections by adopting (one or more!) objects. Caring for our collections is a round-the-clock commitment. Whether our objects are on display or in storage, we constantly monitor light, temperature, and humidity to ensure the preservation of our collection for future generations. Every day our staff and researchers are learning more about our objects and their histories. We need your support to continue to care for these important artifacts and share their stories.
Most of you have visited our exhibits, but you may not know that we house and care for over 200,000 objects and archival materials in our collections. We are only able to display about 3% of our collection at any given time, which means there is a lot going on behind the scenes.
You can help us help preserve the past, while getting a peek inside our impressive collection through our new Adopt-An-Object program. Choose an item you would like to sponsor, and those funds will support the continued care of our collection.
* Adoptions valid through December 31, 2021. Your adoption donation helps us provide care for objects in our collection.
** Blue Ribbon Tier is specifically designed for children to be able to participate in the program. These items are smaller and include a photograph, adoption certificate, adoption papers with the object's background information, and child’s name listed in our Museum Graphic as a donor.
Bronze Tier includes a photograph, adoption certificate, adoption papers with the object's background information, and your name listed in our Museum Graphic as a donor.
Silver Tier includes a museum membership (value of $50, which can be shared with another individual if you are already a current SJM member) plus all the Bronze level perks. For full membership benefits visit our Membership Page at
Gold Tier includes a North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) membership (value of $250, which can be shared with another individual if you are already a current NARM member) plus all the Bronze level perks. For full membership benefits visit our Membership Page at
***Adopt 10 or more objects and we will create a temporary exhibit to showcase the items you are sponsoring.