Your tax-deductible gifts enable us to care for our unique collection, create dynamic exhibits, and provide educational and entertaining programs for children and adults. 

No gift is too small

Checks should be made payable to:

Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County

and mailed to:

201 N. Churton Street

Hillsborough, NC  27278


Donating Artifacts

The museum collects items related to the history of Orange County and

we are delighted to accept new artifacts into our collection.

Please know:

  • The museum does not have a chronological cut-off date for acquisitions.

  • The Orange County Historical Museum assumes that the donors and vendors are the sole and lawful owners of materials being donated or sold. The museum takes no responsibility in establishing ownership prior to or subsequent to a donation or purchase.

  • All donations are subject to formal approval by the Exhibits Committee of the Board of Directors.  Upon acceptance, the material becomes outright and unconditionally owned by the museum and may be used in any manner within the professional discretion of the Orange County Historical Museum. This may include the eventual disposal through deaccessioning from the permanent collection if deemed necessary according to Collections Policy guidelines.

  • The Orange County Historical Museum cannot agree to exhibit material permanently, keep material permanently, or guarantee donor acknowledgement with material on exhibition or in other uses.

  • When the Orange County Historical Museum accepts an item into its collection it pledges to care and preserve the object to the best of its ability in perpetuity and provide access to the public when it does not endanger the safety of the item. 

The mission of the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County is
to enlighten and engage our community and visitors from around the world 
by preserving and interpreting the history of Hillsborough and Orange County.
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