Donate to VDM

The Virginia Discovery Museum is the community’s museum, and as a nonprofit resource, 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.

2017 by the Numbers  |  How Does My Money Support VDM?  |  Make a Donation

2017 by the Numbers

How Does My Gift Support VDM?

New Exhibits in 2018

The Museum currently maintains 10 unique areas for exploratory and imaginative play. Your gift helps us maintain current exhibit components, create new exhibit spaces, and ensure a safe, clean environment. Given the success of VDM’s Front Gallery renovation in 2016, we have turned our attention to updating the Back Gallery, which will close from Feb. 12 to March 16 as the Museum installs three brand new exhibit areas in Little C’ville and updates the Panera Café. The Front Gallery will remain open to visitors during the renovation, and the new exhibits will open March 17.

  • Discovery Farm: An interactive, group-oriented experience in which children will learn to identify healthy food options, recognize natural resources, and understand that living organisms are part of an interdependent system.
  • Discover Outdoors: A gross motor play experience, featuring a ranger station climbing structure, that will demonstrate the value of our environment, the diversity of our local animal species, and provide a safe space for children to explore and expand their gross motor skills.
  • Financial Fundamentals: A bank exhibit designed to facilitate imaginative play and build math skills while teaching basic concepts of personal finance. (Sponsored by Bank of America)

Want to sponsor an exhibit or donate? With exposure to over 73,000 annual visitors, exhibit sponsorship is a great way to give back while building awareness of a business, brand, or project. We have detailed renderings of our new exhibits to share and are happy to give tours so that potential sponsors can see what the Museum means to our community. As a donor, your gift goes even farther, thanks to a $15,000 matching grant from the Perry Foundation. Please contact Executive Directors Janine Dozier and Beth Solak at and, respectively, to schedule a tour or discuss a sponsorship or donation.

Want to volunteer during the renovation? We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who want to invest their time and talents into making an impact on the lives of children in our community. Please contact Volunteer Coordinator Lindsay Jones at to get involved as a volunteer.

Educational Programs & Outreach

VDM offers enrichment and learning opportunities through weekly drop-in programs, pop-up activities, special events, spring and summer break camps, field trips, and outreach programs like StarLab. Your gift helps us stock craft supplies and other educational materials, continuously improve the quality of our program offerings, introduce new programming, and expand our presence in the community.

Sponsored Admissions

The Museum’s Sponsored Admission program accounts for nearly 10% of our annual visitors and allows underserved children and families in our community to utilize VDM’s safe space and gallery resources free of charge through their affiliations with 42 social service agencies. Your gift helps us keep this program vibrant for these visitors and partner groups, allows us to expand its benefits to new organizations, and supports the critical work of those local agencies.

Make a Donation

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

Donate Online

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Donate by Mail

Virginia Discovery Museum
Attn: Lindsay Jones
Operations Director
P.O. Box 1128
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Please make checks payable to the Virginia Discovery Museum.