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Common Questions

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT MY FATHER DID IN WORLD WAR II?
The website of the National Archives

WHAT IS THE VALUE OF WWII ARTIFACTS I HAVE?
We recommend three dealers to contact:
Bill Shea, a specialist in German artifacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Malcolm Fischer, specialist in German and British artifacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Hayes Otoupalik, specialist in American military artifacts: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

DOES THE MUSEUM LOAN ARTIFACTS TO OTHER MUSEUMS?
Before the museum’s program to accommodate more visitors, the museum loaned major exhibitions and important artifacts and documents to many museums including The National Archives in Washington, West Point, Museum of Our National Heritage, The National D-Day Museum in New Orleans, the John F. Kennedy Library, The Newsmuseum in Washington, University of Southern California, Imperial War Museum (London),  Harvard University Science Museum, The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Churchill Museum, The Holocaust Museum, CIA Museum (Langley Headquarters), the Berlin Historical Museum, The Morgan Library & Museum, The International Spy Museum (Washington),  the New York Historical Society and many others.

Presently, we work to ensure that our visitors experience the museum’s collections fully, while also loaning documents and artifacts from the archives to special exhibitions that will have both significant impact and viewers.

GENERAL RESEARCH QUESTIONS
We make every effort to answer questions about pieces in the museum, and the archives, but we are not able to answer other research questions.

HOW CAN I HELP THE MUSEUM EXPAND ITS PROGRAMS?
There are a number of ways you can help the Museum of World War II. The Museum of World War II, a 501-C3 non-profit,  is our foundation that supports these museum activities. All contributions are tax deductible. The museum is run on a very sound financial basis. Money is spent in directly making the mission of the museum experienced by as many people and students as possible. We are completely focused on this mission.  For more detailed information on the different ways you can assist us, please visit our page on How You Can Help Save the Reality.

DOES THE MUSEUM ACCEPT DONATIONS OF ARTIFACTS?
We are actively accepting unrestricted donations of papers and artifacts that will help us preserve the reality of World War II. We cannot promise to exhibit pieces, but we agree to accept only papers and artifacts we believe will be of value to the museum’s mission both in terms of exhibitions and research.  For more detailed information, visit our page for Donations of World War 2 Artifacts.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER TO HELP?
If you live in the Boston area, enjoy working and talking with people, are reliable and attentive to security details, please contact us ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).  You  do not need to be an expert in World War II-an overall knowledge is, of course, necessary, and an easy manner with people is important.

PHOTOGRAPHS FOR PUBLICATION
Photographs that appear in World War II, Saving the Reality are available in high resolution; many of the photographs on our website are only available in low resolution, and in those cases the cost of reshooting them is prohibitive. Tell us your needs and publication details and we can send you a break down of the costs of using our photographs. Click here for an image re-use price guide.

RELATED LINKS
Kenneth W. Rendell Gallery
Imperial War Museum
Military Historical Tours
Military-Historical Museum of Armored Vehicles and Equipment
Museum of the Russian Army
OSS Society
Cabinet War Rooms
National Churchill Museum
Churchill Society
Bill Shea, WWII Military Antiques
Regimentals Military Antiques
Hayes Otoupalik Military Antiques