Ways to give

We accept financial and artifact donations at Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. For a detailed list of acceptable artifacts, please scroll down this page. Financial donations to our museum are received through the USS Yorktown Foundation.

USS Yorktown Foundation

In addition to supporting the funding of exciting new exhibits that bring history to life throughout all areas of Patriots Point, donations to the USS Yorktown Foundation provide need-based scholarships and funding for the one-of-a-kind learning opportunities offered by our education department. Consider a donation today to support the museum and our mission to "honor and educate."

There are several ways to make a donation to the USS Yorktown Foundation. Options include:

  • Visiting www.ussyorktownfoundation.org to make your gift easily and securely online.
  • Mailing your gift to:
      USS YORKTOWN Foundation
      40 Patriots Point Road
      Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
  • Calling (843) 881-5925 to make immediate or planned gifts.
  • Texting the word “heroes” to (843) 606-5995.
  • Becoming a member at Patriots Point. Learn more.

The USS Yorktown Foundation also accepts gifts in honor or memory of a loved one. It’s a great way to thank someone for their service or remember a person who served. Call us at (843) 881-5925 to see how you can help.

Established in 2013, the USS YORKTOWN Foundation is a 501(c)(3) dedicated to raising funds that enhance the educational programs and museum plan of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. For more information, visit www.ussyorktownfoundation.org.

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Artifact Donations

Patriots Point is an institution with a collection focused on Naval Maritime and Naval Aviation. We accept artifacts related to the United States Navy during the 20th and 21st centuries as well as United States Marine Corps and United States Army artifacts related to World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

For any questions, please contact Melissa Buchanan, (843) 881-5990, or David Clark, (843) 881-5985.


  • Diaries and Log Books
  • Letters
  • Flight Suits, Helmets and Flight Gear
  • Uniforms (especially those with unit insignia and patches)
  • Medals
  • Photographs
  • Certificates
  • Souvenirs
  • Training Materials
  • Ship’s Newspapers and Memos
  • Posters and Cartoons
  • Film Footage: Efforts will be made to transfer film to a stable digital format, which might result in the loss of the original film; nitrate film will be transferred if at all possible and then discarded for the safety of the collection and staff
  • Home Front Memorabilia (World War II through Vietnam)
  • Ship or Aircraft Models (Please be prepared to send photographs and dimensions)
  • Weapons (under certain circumstances – please contact Melissa Buchanan for more information)
  • Please contact for more information.

No Longer Accepting:

  • Reunion Materials or Association Archives
  • VHS, DVD, or Blu-Ray Copies of Commercially Produced Movies
  • Personal Oral Histories (recorded on any media)
  • Books and Periodicals (that are not primary documents)
  • Material Copied from the Internet, Books or Journals

All donations should include the donor’s name, address, email, phone number, and a list of donated items. We cannot guarantee display of items, nor do we accept donations with stipulations. However, all accepted donations are important for research, education and archival purposes.

  • Active Duty Military (ID required)
  • $17
  • In Person
  • Active Duty Military In Uniform
  • Free
  • In Person