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You do so much when you make a gift to the Museum. You help preserve our past through award-winning exhibitions and collections. You fuel research that advances human health. You sustain conservation efforts dedicated to rescuing species from extinction. You foster future scientists through educational programs on the most pressing issues like the environment and climate change. 

And you support the Museum you love. Your generosity makes the Museum’s mission possible and keeps our doors open. Thank you for being a part of everything we do.

You can also honor a loved one with a gift to the Museum. Make a donation below, or learn about other opportunities to recognize a family member.

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Below are some of the many ways you can contribute or direct your gift:

Naming Opportunities

Make your mark on the Museum! Our world-class collections and exhibitions include fossils, minerals, dioramas, and so much more. Naming gifts are a unique opportunity to honor a loved one, establish a legacy, and support the Museum's educational and scientific mission. Gift opportunities start at $2,500. 

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IRA Charitable Distribution

Did you know that anyone age 70 ½ or above may transfer up to $100,000 each year directly from an IRA (an Individual Retirement Account) to 501 (c)(3) organizations like the American Museum of Natural History, without having to report the distributed amount as taxable income?

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Support Science Education

Behind every biologist, scientist, and astronaut is a great education. We leverage our unparalleled collections and the expertise of our scientists to provide the highest quality and most engaging education programming for students—and training for their teachers. Your support helps inspire and prepare the next generation of scientists and science-literate citizens.

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Protect Wildlife and Habitats

From protecting sea turtles in the Pacific to implementing conservation plans for flamingos in the Americas to building a global network of conservation practitioners, your gift will support the Museum's conservation efforts.

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One person stands in waist-high water and hands a turtle to a person leaning out of a rowboat.