You can make a Difference!

Help Friends of the Museum in its effort to support the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Your charitable contribution supports groundbreaking research, inspiring exhibits, mind-opening programs and educational events which inspire more than 700,000 visitors every year.

Donations to Friends of the Museum directly support programs, events, exhibits and research. Choose to give to the Annual Fund where donations support the greatest need or select a fund that inspires you most.

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund represents unrestricted annual operating support for Friends of the Museum. These funds provide important financial support above and beyond membership dues. Annual Fund donations are used where they are most needed — from providing staff to securing grants for educational programs aimed at underserved communities to bringing in special exhibitions which further the Museum’s mission.

Donate to the Annual Fund

Extreme Mammals Exhibition Partnership

Exhibition sponsorship opportunities range from $1,500 to $60,000 and allow donors to demonstrate their commitment to science education. Benefits may include tickets, logo placements, and more.

More information about Extreme Mammals Sponsorships

Donor Walk Spot

Count yourself among North Carolina's natural treasures by having your name permanently inscribed on the Museum's Donor Walk, a low wall of North Carolina granite located outside the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Each $100 donation will include an engraving of one line of up to 25 spaces. Add your inscription text to the Additional Information box on the Donation Form. You can also purchase two lines of 25 spaces each for $200, or three lines of 25 spaces each for $300.

 Donate to the Donor Walk Fund

Educators of Excellence Fund

The Educators of Excellence Fund empowers educators by improving their teaching skills and inspiring them to remain committed to the profession of teaching.

The Fund:
  • Provides a stable funding source for the Museum to continue and expand opportunities for experience-based teacher education.
  • Enables outstanding educators to experience the natural world firsthand.
  • Teaches students about our many ecological connections to the rest of the world by informing and empowering their teachers.
  • Maintains a network for exceptional educators across the state for support and continued learning.

Become a Supporter of Excellence! Gifts of $1,500 (may be paid over three years) include recognition as a Supporter of Excellence in the Educators of Excellence Fund brochure, on invitations and signage for the annual Educators of Excellence fundraising event, and on the Educators of Excellence program application. Contact Liz Baird ( at 919.707.9893 for information.

Donate to the Educators of Excellence Fund

Brimley Society - $1000 and above

The Brimley Society, named after the founding fathers of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, celebrates the Museum’s remarkable success and its ambitious vision for the future. Proceeds from the Brimley Society sustain the Friends of the Museum's support for educational programs, research and exhibits.

Brimley Society members receive an array of benefits in appreciation of your support. Visit Brimley Society for more information about the Brimley Society and its benefits, or contact Sarah Lowder at 919.707.9826, or

Join the Brimley Society