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 365,000 students on field trips.
  • Conduct nationally recognized science education programs for thousands of students, teachers and their families through MSI's Welcome to Science Initiative.
  • Train 1,000 teachers to improve the way they teach science.
  • 10,000 students did hands-on science experiments through our network of 130+ after school Science Minors Club.

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 2 members, 2 guests and ALL children under 18
  • Complimentary parking in our underground garage
  • Unlimited free special exhibition tickets*
  • Unlimited free Giant Dome Theater film passes*
  • Unlimited free tours*
  • Unlimited discounted maker experience and virtual reality experience tickets*
  • Discounts in Museum stores and restaurants
  • Invitations to ticketed Member events‡
    • Member Film Festival – 2019
    • Member Camp-In – 2019
    • Member Open House – 2019
  • Invitations to complimentary MSInsider Days and events that provide unparalleled access to the Museum, including:
    • MSInsider Exhibit Opening: The Science Behind Pixar – May 24
    • MSInsider Summer Block Party – August 3
    • MSInsider Boo Bash – October 26
    • MSInsider Holiday Celebration – December 1
  • A 100% tax deduction for the entire cost of your membership

Catalyst Society ($600 - 999)

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Reserved seating in the Giant Dome Theater**
  • Complimentary invitation to a behind-the-scenes In-Depth Event
    • In-Depth Event: Learning Labs – April 19

Columbian Society ($1,000 - 2,499)

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Invitation to Columbian Ball – October 6
  • Custom visit itineraries and Concierge Service**
  • Complimentary invitation to VIP events with an MSI curator or special guest
    • Columbian Society Breakfast – Spring 2019
    • Rosenwald Luncheon – September 13

Curiosity Society ($2,500 - 4,999)

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Seasonal recognition in our Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibitions
  • Invitations to Curiosity Society event series

Curiosity Society ($5,000 - $9,999) 

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Name recognition on special signage near your favorite Museum exhibit for one year

Curiosity Society ($10,000 - $24,999)

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Seasonal or exhibition recognition, plus name recognition on special signage near a Museum icon for one year. Choose from: U-505 Submarine, Coal Mine, Giant Dome Theater or the tornado in Science Storms
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of our Collections Department 

For more information about these benefits and additional membership levels, please contact the Individual Giving team or call (773) 947-6146.

* To reserve exhibit, tour and film tickets, call the Member Hotline: (773) 947-3161. Annual Fund members receive a $1 discount on maker experiences including Fab Lab and Flight Simulators/VR.
** Advance notice required.
For more information on ticketed member events, see Membership.