Support  »  Giving

Giving to the Curtiss Museum helps maintain the quality of exhibits, programs and collections and support a wide range of Museum programs, events and services. Gifts to the Curtiss Museum are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Make your gift to the Curtiss Museum today and help us continue to share the extraordinary life and career of Glenn H. Curtiss.

Gifting by Check

Please include a note containing all pertinent information and send to:

Glenn H. Curtiss Museum
Attn. Donation
8419 State Route 54
Hammondsport, NY 14840

If you have any questions you can contact the museum directly:

phone 607-569-2160

Gifting Online

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Planned Giving & Bequests

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum relies on private support to build its collections and meet the cost of its diverse services to the public. Donors to the Museum are part of a long tradition of philanthropy that has made the Curtiss Museum one of the preeminent aviation museums in the United States. Donors also may receive significant tax incentives or financial benefits. Methods of giving differ with respect to what is given, how it is given, and the tax or financial planning benefits of making the gift.


A bequest to Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is not subject to federal or state inheritance and estate taxes. The value of the bequest is deductible in determining the taxable estate for estate tax purposes, and there is no limit on the amount of deduction.

Types of bequests include unrestricted cash bequests, restricted cash bequests, specific bequests of property and residual bequests. A will is essential if you wish to make a bequest to Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and an attorney should be consulted. The Curtiss Museum will be glad work with you and your attorney.

Donations of Cash

Gifts of cash are the simplest, most common way to make a contribution to Curtiss Museum. Immediately effective and simple to give, this contribution is deductible up to 50 percent of your adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years.

Donations of Securities or Real Estate

Gifts of stock, bonds, mutual funds and real estate that have been owned longer than 12 months and have appreciated in value present a great gift opportunity. Benefits include an immediate charitable income tax deduction for the full fair market value up to 30 percent of adjusted gross income. Excess deductions can be carried forward for up to five additional tax years, and capital gains taxes are eliminated on contributed securities or real estate.

Tribute and Memorial Donations

Tributes and Memorial donations can be made in honor of a friend or family member. The honored individual (or family) will receive an acknowledgement that a gift has been made in their honor. All Tribute and Memorial Gifts are also acknowledged in the Aerogram, Curtiss Museum's Newsletter.


The Curtiss Museum accepts and greatly appreciates donations of items and artifacts from the community at large, and evaluates potential artifact donations on a case-by-case basis. Prior to bringing any item to the Museum, please contact the Curatorial Department to schedule an appointment. Due to the volume of artifacts in our collection, and the time requirements necessary to evaluate potential donations,  we DO NOT accept walk-in donations. 

Mission Statement

The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum is an educational and cultural institution that collects, preserves and interprets transportation modes and regional history, and celebrates the innovations and accomplishments of Glenn Hammond Curtiss.

We are actively soliciting donations within the following categories:

  • Items related to the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company or the Curtiss-Wright Corporation through 1959
  • Original Curtiss Bicycles, Motorcycles, Aircraft or their components
  • Transportation Artifacts 1859-1959
  • Industry and Manufacturing 1859-1959
  • U.S. Naval Aviation through 1959

ALL OTHER ITEMS CONSIDERED ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, and judged based on their relevance to our collection and mission statement.

To Make a Donation please contact our Curatorial Department by emailing or calling 607-569-7059

Please provide as much background information as you can on your item. If the museum decides to accept your donation, we will provide you with a gift agreement to sign - transferring ownership of the item to the Curtiss Museum . For items of significant value, we suggest that you obtain an objective and professional outside appraisal of your gift if you require the documentation for tax purposes. WE DO NOT OFFER APPRAISALS due to the potential conflict of interest.