Consultations and Appraisals

Curatorial Consultations

Curatorial consultations allow members of the community to bring in an object of art for evaluation by a member of the Museum’s curatorial staff. Please note that this is not an official appraisal or authentication service.

Curatorial consultations are available by appointment only, and are free for Museum members, and $25 for non-members (per 15-minute consultation with up to three artworks). Payment must be made in advance and is non-refundable in the event of a cancellation or no-show. Appointments for curatorial consultations will be made in advance at a mutually convenient time for both parties.

To schedule an appointment, please contact our Curatorial department at bmcclellan@artsbma.orgĀ or 205.254.2567.


The American Association of Museums and the Internal Revenue Service prohibit the Museum from providing monetary valuations or appraisals. Below is a partial list of national art appraiser organizations that may be of assistance to you. This list should not be considered an endorsement by the Museum of the abilities or qualifications of these organizations.

See Publication #561, Determining the Value of Donated Property, at, for information on the Internal Revenue Service’s appraisal requirements for non-profit gifts.

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
T: 703.478.2228 F: 703.742.8471

Freeman’s Auctioneers and Appraisers
1808 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
T: 215.563.9275 F: 215.563.8236

The Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
T: 212.889.5404 F: 212.889.5503

International Society of Appraisers
737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.987.6778

Art Dealers Association of America
205 Lexington Avenue, Suite 901
New York, NY 10016
T: 212.488.5530 F: 646.688.6809 Email:

Skinner, Inc.
63 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
T: 617.350.5400 F: 617.350.5429

20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020
T: 212.636.2000 F: 212.636.2399

1334 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021
T: 541.312.5682 F: 541.312.5684

Doyle New York
175 East 87th Stree
New York, NY 10128
T: 212.427.2730 F: 212.369.0892