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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 2 members, 2 guests and ALL children under 18
  • Complimentary parking in our underground garage
  • Unlimited free special exhibition tickets*
  • Unlimited free MSI Theater film passes*
  • Unlimited free tours*
  • Discounts in Museum stores and restaurants
  • Invitations to ticketed Member events‡
    • Member Film Festival – February 25
    • Member Camp-In – May 5
    • Member Open House – July 19
  • Invitations to complimentary MSInsider Days and events that provide unparalleled access to the Museum, including:
    • MSInsider Extreme Ice Exhibit – March 23
    • MSInsider Summer Block Party – August 4
    • MSInsider Boo Bash – October 27
    • MSInsider Holiday Celebration – December 2
  • 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 MSI Theater**
  • Complimentary invitation to a behind-the-scenes In-Depth Event
    • YOU! The Experience In-Depth Event – May 3

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

Includes the benefits above and adds:

  • Invitation to Columbian Ball – October 7
  • Custom visit itineraries and Concierge Service**
  • Complimentary invitation to VIP events with an MSI curator or special guest
    • Columbian Society Breakfast – February 18
    • Rosenwald Luncheon – September 14

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, MSI 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.

* To reserve exhibit, tour and film tickets, call the Member Hotline: (773) 947-3161
** Advance notice required.
For more information on ticketed member events, see Membership.