Make an IMPACT on THE FUTURE OF HISTORY
Those who gift or loan us vehicles, contextual artifacts, library, and archive items, or provide funds toward our operations, education, and collection maintenance.
Interested in Donating or Lending to the Museum?
To maintain the integrity of our collections, the Miles Through Time Automotive Museum has a Collections Review Committee consisting of dedicated people who carefully evaluate each offered item. They meet to review all offers and will consider an object’s overall condition, rarity, originality, authenticity, history, and provenance.
If you are interested in donating to the Miles Through Time Automotive Museum’s permanent collection, please click here to view our donation terms and conditions. If your donation is accepted by the Collections Review Committee, your gift will be considered a tax-deductible donation.
Items will be accepted for the Museum’s Collection if they fall within the scope of the Museum’s Mission and can be managed with available resources. If items fall outside of these parameters, donors may still support the collection and receive recognition by making an unrestricted gift for resale purposes. Proceeds from these sales will go directly to supporting the collection by providing funds to further our preservation efforts.
For information about our policies, procedures, collections review committee, or tax-deductible donations, please view our General Information – Collections Policies & Procedures document.
If you wish to loan us an item for display in the Miles Through Time Automotive Museum, standard loan agreements are for a minimum of 6 months. Click here to view our loan terms and conditions.
Miles Through Time is a 501c3 nonprofit EIN 61-1950451
Thank you for your interest in donating
We appreciate donations to help preserve
Our mailing address is 3651 Peachtree Pkwy Ste. E206 Suwanee, GA 30024
Do you want to make an even greater impact?
We have a limited number of spots available to become an official Founding Member of Miles Through Time. Learn more about becoming a Founding Member and other membership opportunities HERE.
1935 Mathis EMY4S Cabriolet
We did raise enough funds to acquire this car to become a part of the permanent collection at the museum. This is 1 of 2 known Mathis cars in the USA and the story behind this car deserves to be seen and heard in the museum and at events.
To submit an item for review, please click one of the links below to download and complete an application:
Frequently Asked Questions About Donating to the Museum
Does the museum purchase vehicles, motorcycles, or artifacts?
No, the museum’s budget does not support the purchase of vehicles or other automotive-related items, our collection is comprised of items that are on loan or have been donated. There are several local, regional, and national magazines in which you can list your classic car for sale. The internet also offers a variety of options for selling your vintage car. We do not have a list of people or organizations that purchase vehicles.
How long is a typical loan to the museum?
Standard loan agreements will not exceed two years. The loan may be renewed for additional time at the discretion of both parties. It is the obligation of the Miles Through Time Automotive Museum to request extension or renewal of the loan. The museum does not sign long-term or “permanent” loans.
Does the museum accept donations with restrictions?
Does it matter what condition my vehicle is in?
The Collections and Exhibits Committee will determine if your loan or donation is suitable for our use. The condition of the vehicle or item alone does not determine its acceptance. If your vehicle or item is accepted, museum representatives reserve the last right of refusal upon reviewing any items in person.
Will the museum accept my unfinished restoration project?
Occasionally project vehicles and motorcycles are accepted by our Miles Through Time student/mentorship program. If you have a vehicle that fits this description that you would like to offer to the program, please contact:
Sean Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is my donation tax deductible?
How do I determine the value of my non-cash donation? Do I need to have my vehicle appraised?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), allows taxpayers to deduct the Fair Market Value of your gift to the museum. It is the responsibility of the donor to determine the Fair Market Value. The IRS requires that any donated item or collection valued over $5,000 be appraised. By law, the Museum cannot provide appraisals for donors as the IRS considers such activity a conflict of interest. You may want to obtain IRS Publication 561 – Determining Fair Market Value.
How is my loan or donation credited when it is on display at the museum?
How do I start the loan or donation process?
The first step is to fill out and submit an application for your object, along with recent and detailed photographs of the object in question. Applications are available for vehicles, motorcycles, and artifacts. A member of our Collections and Exhibits staff will be in contact with you soon after your submission to confirm your application. Your application will then be reviewed during our Collections and Exhibits Meeting and a member of our staff will contact you regarding the status of your application.
Why wasn’t my vehicle accepted for your collection?
Please understand that we cannot accept everything people wish to donate. Adding items to our collection is a serious responsibility. Donations must fulfill the museum’s mission and the Museum must be able to care for, exhibit, and store the items it accepts.
If accepted, what documentation is needed to complete my loan or donation?
For loans, we require proof of insurance from the vehicle owner and a signed Loan Form, which is provided by the museum. For donations, we require a signed vehicle title in the name of the donor without a lien and a signed Deed of Gift, which is provided by the museum.
How will my donation to the museum be used?
It is the museum’s intent to use all donated vehicles, motorcycles, and artifacts for interpretive display and/or educational purposes. However, not all items are able to always be on display and items often rotate and may be stored for some time. In the rare instance that an item is identified as a duplicate item, or non-relevant to the museum’s collection, the item may be sold.
Will my donation always be on display?
While we would like to display every item donated to us, we cannot guarantee that it will be exhibited. While the museum’s exhibit space continues to grow and change, telling the vast story of automotive history requires us to often rotate vehicles and display items, meaning that a percentage of the collection could be in storage at any given time.
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