The Virginia Discovery Museum is a nonprofit community resource, and we rely on the generosity of friends and neighbors, businesses, organizations, and foundations to inspire lifelong learning among children in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region. Your support for our Museum and mission helps provide our youngest community members with educational and playful opportunities for discovery and cognitive development in a clean, safe space, regardless of a family’s ability to pay admission. The learning environment and experiences made possible at VDM enable children of all backgrounds to explore new skills and concepts, build resourcefulness, and develop focus and resilience. Please consider giving today to support the Museum’s work in building a stronger community for all.

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2019 at a Glance

How Does My Gift Support VDM?

Sponsored Admission Program

The Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program accounts for 8,000 visitors annually, or 11 percent of VDM’s total admissions each year. This program allows underserved children and families to utilize VDM’s space and gallery resources free of charge on daily visits and group field trips through their affiliations with 52 social service agencies. Your gift helps us keep this program vibrant for these visitors and partner groups, expand its benefits to new organizations, and support the critical work of those local agencies.

Accessibility Project

The Museum has launched a new initiative to better serve the needs of an increasing number of visitors with physical and neurological differences. Your gift helps adapt exhibits, programs, and events to have a broader impact.

Field Trips, Programs & Scholarships

VDM offers enrichment and learning opportunities through Field Trips and through educational programs like weekly Drop-Ins for children 6 months to age 8, after-school Discovery Workshops for ages 4 and older and Makers classes for ages 5 and older, and half-day Camps for ages 4 to 8. Your gift helps us stock craft supplies, STEM components, and other educational materials; continuously improve the quality of our program offerings; introduce new programming; and provide scholarships for fee-based classes and camps.

Exhibit Maintenance & Development

The Museum currently maintains 15 hands-on educational play areas over 6,000 square feet of exhibit space. Your gift helps us keep exhibit components in working order, create new exhibit spaces, and ensure a safe, clean environment where children can enjoy exploratory and imaginative play.

Make a Donation

Thank you for supporting the Museum’s mission of fostering intellectual curiosity and development for all children in our community. VDM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Click the link and follow the prompts to make an online donation using a credit or debit card.

By Mail

Print and complete a donor card and mail to Virginia Discovery Museum, P.O. Box 1128, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Checks payable to “Virginia Discovery Museum.”

At AmazonSmile

Select “Virginia Discovery Museum” as your charitable organization, and AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of eligible purchases.

Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or to learn more about how you can support the Virginia Discovery Museum.