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Support the International Museum of the Horse 


The support and involvement of the community allows the International Museum of the Horse to grow.  Help make it possible for the Museum to expand upon its mission and continue to educate the public about the relationship between horse and man. Monetary gifts enable the Museum to continue to preserve the permanent collection, bring nationally-recognized traveling exhibits, as well as develop and present new programs.

Listed below is an example of projects that your philanthropy may support:

  • New Public Programming
  • Educational Materials for Visiting Schools
  • Development and Creation of Teacher Packets
  • Children’s Discovery Zone Supplies
  • Conservation for Artifacts in the Permanent Collection
  • Upgrading Artifact Storage 
  • Exhibit Updates 
  • Development of New Exhibits
  • Conservation of the Carriage Collection
  • Acquisition of Original Artifacts to Improve Exhibits
  • Support the Scanning, Preservation, and Online Exhibit Development of Museum Collections and Archives to Increase Accessibility
  • And So Much More!

The International Museum of the Horse invites you to join the effort to engage, inspire, and educate visitors about the past and future of the equine world. Please click the Donate Here button below to make your contribution through the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.

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If an item is not accepted by the museum, it will be returned back to the original owner and custody is released from the museum.  If the original owner would like information on other possible places to donate their item, the museum would be pleased to provide that information.

It is on rare occasion that the museum purchases items for the collection.  The item is still required to go through the same review process.

No, it is not within the professional code of the museum to provide insurance values for objects.  If you wish to have an item appraised the museum can provide a list of appraisers in the area.

No.  The acceptable loan period for any item is one, three, or five years.  After each loan period the loaner is contacted to either extend the loan, donate the item, or to have item returned.

Because of the sensitivities of each item, no item should ever be on permanent exhibit.  The museum rotates objects within each exhibit as appropriate.  This is why conservation and collection giving is just as important as donating an item.  The museum holds high standards for the preservation and storage of each item that is housed within the building. 

Legal ownership is transferred when an item is donated to the museum.  If you foresee you or your family wanting an item back, please consider the possibility of a loan.