You do so much when you make a gift to the Museum. You help preserve our past through award-winning exhibits 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 363 days a year. 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.

You can also direct your gift to support one of our world-class programs:



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.


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.


Support Free School Visits

Bring a school or camp group to the world's greatest classroom! In the past year alone the Museum hosted almost 330,000 New York City school and camp groups—at no charge. Whether learning about T. rex or the latest discoveries in astrophysics, your gift allows students to experience the excitement of science.


Naming Opportunities

Make your mark on the Museum! Our world-class collections and exhibits 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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Marketable Securities: Stock Transfers via DTC

Transfer securities to the Museum electronically. It is important that we are notified prior to every stock transfer in order to accurately identify, allocate, and acknowledge your gift.

Download and complete this form, and use it to notify your broker and the Museum of your gift.

Please contact the Development Office at 212-769-5160, or email us at if you have any questions about gifts of securities.

If you are transferring securities for a life income gift such as an annuity or trust, please call the Planned Giving office at 212-769-5119 as the transfer instructions differ from the below.

DTC instructions are as follows:

J.P. Morgan Chase
DTC: 0902
Credit to the American Museum of Natural History
A/C # P26031

How an electronic transfer of stock works:

  1. Your broker sends your gift instructions to J.P. Morgan Chase.
  2. J.P. Morgan Chase notifies the Museum that your gift has been received.
  3. The Museum sells your securities through our brokerage account at J.P. Morgan Chase.
  4. The Museum receives the proceeds from the sale from J.P. Morgan on the settlement date.

Make your gift of cash by mail, phone, wire transfer, or online.


Make your gift online by clicking here.

By Mail

Please send checks to:

American Museum of Natural History
Office of Development, 6th Floor
200 Central Park West
New York, New York 10024-5192

By Phone

Please call 212-769-5606 to make your credit card gift by phone.

By Wire Transfer

It is important that we are notified prior to every wire transfer in order to accurately identify, allocate, and acknowledge your gift. Please contact the Development Office at 212-769-5160 or by email at to inform us of your gift and to receive wire transfer instructions.