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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Invitations to exhibition previews

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

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Premier reservation service with a staff liaison
  • Invitations to the Columbian Ball and Annual Columbian Society Breakfast
  • Name recognition in the Museum's Leffman Donor Hall

Columbian Society Inventor ($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 Luncheon series

Columbian Society Discoverer ($5,000 - $9,999) 

Includes the benefits above and adds:

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

Columbian Society Inventive Genius ($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, Omnimax Theater or the tornado in Science Storms
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of our Collections Department 

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