The Museum has depended primarily on memberships and donations for its support.

Our Museum is NOT tax based. We have no paid employees; all people are volunteers. It has also received several small grants and memorials. These have allowed purchases of special items and equipment.

We are grateful to the many adults, children, organizations, and businesses in our community for their many years of support.

Thank you for your donation

Monetary Donations

Monetary donations can be sent directly to the Excelsior Springs Museum & Archives at the address shown above.

Consider making a tribute gift in memory of a loved one.

Maurer Foundation

The Maurer Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, is an independent organization that makes decisions to contribute to the Museum for specific projects based upon requests made directly to it by the Museum Board. 

Gifts can be made to the Maurer Foundation in a variety of ways – checks, gifts of stock or real estate, donations through wills or trusts, etc. 

For more information about the Maurer Foundation click here.

Non-Monetary Gifts

  • Artifacts - The Museum accepts donations of artifacts pertaining to the history of Excelsior Springs. If you have items that you would like to donate to the Museum, please call (816) 630-0101, email, or view the  Donation Form
  • Photographs - The museum is always adding to its digital archives. Please submit your photographs or scanned images to the museum via email or call the museum to have the photograph scanned at the museum.
  • High School Year Books - We would like to add to our collection of Excelsior Springs High School yearbooks. See our list of yearbooks. Please call or email the museum if you have one you would like to donate.
  • Temporary Loans - The museum accepts materials on temporary loan for items used in special exhibits such as the Founders’ Series Exhibit. Any organization, club, or other group wanting to display their items at the museum, please call and make a reservation for a locked case. A special exhibit will be set up and your artifacts will be displayed separately from the museum’s materials.

Best Choice Labels

The museum has an ongoing project in which anyone can participate. Clip the UPC bar codes from Best Choice brand products and bring them to the museum. For every 1000 collected and sent to Best Choice, the museum receives a check for $30.00. You can find Best Choice products at Price Chopper and other retail stores. You can save money and help the museum!

For years, dedicated patrons have collected Best Choice product labels. Many thanks to Edith Tarepin for coming up with this idea.

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the Museum every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at you’ll find the exact same prices with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Museum.

Click here to select the Museum as your charitable donation when shopping at Amazon Smile.