At MSI, we spark curiosity, ignite a love of learning and transform lives through the power of science, every single day. The Annual Fund makes it all possible.
Why Make a Gift?
The Annual Fund covers expenses for our everyday activities. It keeps the whistle blowing in the Coal Mine, the tornado turning in Science Storms and the wheels spinning in the minds of the million-plus guests who visit us each year. It's the engine that enables us to annually:
- Host more than 340,000 students on field trips
- Conduct nationally recognized science education programs for thousands of students, teachers and their families through the MSI Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE)
- Train 1,000 teachers to improve the way they teach science
- Fund more than 70 after-school MSI Science Minors Clubs in neighborhoods across Chicago and northwest Indiana
You can help keep sparks flying at MSI. Support our vision to inspire and motivate children to achieve their full potential in science, technology, medicine and engineering by making a gift to the Museum Annual Fund today.
All Annual Fund gifts are tax deductible.
Annual Fund Memberships
Give $300 or more to the Annual Fund and automatically qualify for an Annual Fund Membership—and all of the out-of-this world benefits that come with it!
Explorers Society ($300 - 599) includes a year of:
Free Museum Entry for your family and two guests • Free indoor parking • NEW! Kids' Passport to Science membership: your children or grandchildren can collect passport stamps redeemable for prizes • Free, unlimited Omnimax® passes • Free or discounted tickets for special exhibitions and tours • Free Coal Mine tickets • Discounts in Museum stores and restaurants • Invitations to complimentary MSInsider Day events: cool experiences that only MSI can deliver • Invitations to all Museum membership events and a Holiday Breakfast • Annual Report name recognition
Catalyst Society ($600 - 999) includes the benefits above and adds:
Reserved seating in the Omnimax® Theater • Guided tour of Science Storms or YOU! The Experience
Columbian Society Scientist ($1,000 - 2,499) includes the benefits above and adds:
Premier reservation service with a staff liason • Invitations to the Columbian Ball and exhibition previews • Name recognition in the Museum's Leffman Donor Hall
Columbian Society Inventor ($2,500 - 4,999) includes the benefits above and adds:
Personalized MSI Scavenger Hunt
Columbian Society Discoverer ($5,000+) includes the benefits above and adds:
Cameo in a Live Science Experience • Sound the Coal Mine whistle to open or close the Museum
Make a gift you can feel good about. Help MSI transform lives through the power of science.
- For more information, please contact the Individual Giving team at (773) 947-6146 or giving(at)msichicago.org.
Live…from the Heart
Since launching in 2006, more than 30,000 students have participated in our “Live…from the Heart” Learning Lab. Students witness a heart bypass live and ask the medical staff questions about medicine and related careers.