Donate Artifacts to Schneider Haus

Thank you for thinking of us!

If you have an object(s) you would like Schneider Haus to consider for donation to the museum's collection, please contact Stacy McLennan, Collections Curator and Registrar

The Schneider Haus' collection reflects the unique identity and folk traditions of Waterloo Region, with a focus on local Germanic folk art. All objects proposed for acquisition will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Condition - The physical condition of artifacts will be examined and the extent and cost of treatment needed established. Objects in poor condition will not be accepted unless they are rare or unique.
  • Documentation - Consideration will be given to contextual information, provenance, and details on fabrication and function of an object. Such information is essential for future collections management activities.
  • Relevance - Objects will only be acquired if they support the mission of the Waterloo Region Museums.

If Schneider Haus is unable to accept your donation, we will attempt to refer you to another museum or archive whose mission is more closely related to your objects.

Does Schneider Haus appraise objects? 

In conformity with national and international museum standards, Schneider Haus does not offer financial appraisals or evaluations of objects to the general public, nor do we assist in the disposal of private property, nor express opinions regarding the merits of appraisal firms.

A perceived conflict of interest might arise should the museum place a high value on an object offered for donation; or the museum could be charged with inflating an object's value (and therefore the donor's tax deduction) in order to secure the donation. Another reason is that most museum staff are unable to keep abreast of fluctuating market values for the wide variety of objects that are offered to the museum.

Many resources exist online to assist you in obtaining a financial appraisal. We suggest that you contact a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada or the Canadian Antique Dealers Association to find an appropriate private art gallery or dealer, art consultant, auctioneer and/or appraiser.  Or check the Yellow Pages for antique dealers in your community.