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Your Support Makes a Difference

Established in 1874, the San Diego Natural History Museum is one of California’s oldest and most respected cultural and scientific institutions. Help us to fulfill our mission in the coming year. Here are some ways you can contribute:

Coast to Cactus / Special Projects Campaign

You can help us build our newest exhibition! Make a gift today and help us open Coast to Cactus in Southern California in January 2015. This amazing exhibition will take you on a journey of the unique habitats of southern California, from the coastal wetlands and urban canyons to the high mountains and the desert. Contributions at the $140 level and above receive an exclusive Coast to Cactus tote bag! Learn more at www.sdnat.org/campaign.

Donate today.

Annual Fund

Donations to the Annual Fund are absolutely essential—they keep the lights on and the Museum doors open.  Your Annual Fund gift supports a wide range of ongoing activities, from delivering nature education to school children to developing new exhibitions to funding groundbreaking research that is advancing scientific discovery. 
Give today.

Monthly Giving

Join the growing group of donors who generously give monthly to the Museum’s Annual Fund. Monthly donors provide a dependable source of funding that allows the Museum to concentrate on developing exhibitions and educational programming, as well as continue scientific research.  Enrollment in our monthly giving program allows your dollars to go farther and can also be more convenient for you. You can opt to make a monthly gift from your credit card or directly from your bank account without having to worry about sending us a check. Enroll today

Museum Access Fund

Donations to the Museum Access Fund bring a unique Museum experience to underserved students. Title 1 students rarely if ever visit a Museum or participate in enrichment activities that inspire curiosity, wonder and self-directed learning. Through the Museum Access Fund, students can visit the Museum at no cost and participate in our environmental science learning programs and exhibitions. They also have the option of hands-on science activities brought directly into their classrooms by our educators and trained docents, complete with natural specimens and experiments. Donate today and apply your gift to the Museum Access Fund.

Gifts in Honor or in Memory

Make a tribute gift in memory of someone special or celebrate a special occasion. Your contribution will be acknowledged with a gift card informing the family or friend you designate.

Corporate Giving

Corporate Giving

The core of Natural Partners supports our Museum Access Fund, but corporate and business members can also direct gifts to sponsor exciting new exhibitions and programs that inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.

Planned giving, where your gift gives to future generations.

Planned Giving

Help ensure that the Museum remains a source of lifelong learning and discovery for generations to come! Planned gifts include bequests through your will or trust, gifts of real estate, life insurance or other assets.  Learn more.

Ways to Give

You can make a tax-deductible donation to the San Diego Natural History Museum through any of the following methods:

  1. Donate securely online
  2. Children enjoying the Museum
  3. Call 619.255.0275
  4. Mail a check to the San Diego Natural History Museum, PO Box 121390, San Diego, CA 92112
  5. Make a donation on your next visit to the Museum—any member of our staff will be happy to assist you.