de Saisset Museum

South Bay's free museum of art and history

Gifts to the Collection

The de Saisset Museum relies on gifts of art and artifacts from donors to build the collection. While the collection of more than 11,000 objects is wide-ranging, current collecting is focused as follows:

The Museum seeks to...

  • Collect the highest quality of art and historical artifacts in three areas
    • prints, drawings, and works on paper by American and European artists from the 16th century to the 21st century
    • painting, sculpture, photography, and video art by 20th and 21st century artists, with an emphasis on California and the San Francisco Bay Area
    • objects of art, history, anthropology that relate to the history of Santa Clara Valley, Mission Santa Clara, and Santa Clara University, from the pre-contact period to the early 20th century
  • Create a collection that reflects our role as part of the first institution of higher learning in California and its proximity to the site of the historic Mission Santa Clara
  • Collect works that are representative of our major collecting areas
  • Expend purchase funds on works that fill gaps or strengthen weak areas in the collection
  • Accept gifts, bequests, or exchanges of works that allow the Museum to meet its collecting goals

Please note that the Museum cannot accept gifts with exhibition or retention requirements.

Objects offered as gifts to the permanent collection are reviewed and voted on by a Collections Committee, which meets 2-3 times annually. Potential donors are asked to contact Director Rebecca Schapp at or 408.554.4528 to begin the donation process. Please send an image of the work(s) along with any information on the artist and previous owner history (if available).

Permanent Collection

Learn about the de Saisset's expansive collection of more than 11,000 objects.