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Annual Fund

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 nearly 340,000 students on field trips.
  • Conduct nationally recognized science education programs for thousands of students, teachers and their families through MSI's Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE).
  • Train 1,000 teachers to improve the way they teach science.
  • Fund 100 after-school 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.

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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:

  • Complimentary Museum Entry for your family and two guests
  • Free indoor parking
  • NEW! Kids Passport to Science: your children or grandchildren can collect passport stamps redeemable for prizes
  • Complimentary Omnimax® passes
  • Complimentary special exhibition and tour tickets
  • Complimentary Coal Mine tickets
  • Complimentary subscription to Momentum, our digital members magazine
  • Discounts in Museum stores and restaurants
  • Invitations to complimentary MSInsider Day events: cool experiences that only MSI can deliver, including the Annual Summer Block Party, Boo Bash Halloween event and Annual Holiday Celebration
  • Invitations to all Museum membership events

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:

  • Sound the Coal Mine whistle to open or close the Museum