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Donate to VDM

The Virginia Discovery Museum is a community museum. As a nonprofit resource, we depend on the generosity of individuals, businesses, organizations, and foundations to help us provide children with accessible, high-quality opportunities for discovery and cognitive development through exploratory and imaginative play in a clean, safe space. The playful learning experiences made possible at VDM enable children of all backgrounds to explore new skills and concepts, build resourcefulness, and develop focus and resilience. With your help, we can continue to offer an educational environment that fosters lifelong learners.

2016 by the Numbers  |  How Does My Money Support the Museum?  |  Make a Donation

2016 by the Numbers

  • 52,634: Museum visitors from across the nation and around the world
  • 6: New exhibts that debuted as part of VDM's Spring 2016 renovation
  • 3,643: Visitors from 34 family and child services agencies whose admission was waived through the Museum's Sponsored Admission Program
  • 2,260: Children who attended weekly programs to learn about art, science, history, and culture
  • 1,100: Visitors who attended Kid*Vention, VDM's yearly family and community science fair
  • 300: Runners cheered in the Museum's annual Discovery Dash to promote health, fitness, and sportsmanship
  • 25: Scholarships offered in VDM's inaugural Camp Scholarship Program
  • 305: Volunteers, ages 15 to 85, who contributed over 3,700 hours of service to the Museum

How Does My Money Support the Museum?

Unrestricted Gift

Help us use your gift in the best possible way and where it is needed most.

Hands-on Exhibits

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.

  • $10-$20 Gift: New Parachutes for Flight Lab or New Scarves and Balls for Amazing Airways
  • $50 Gift: Feeds the Honey Bees for Six Months
  • $250 Gift: New Costumes for the Paramount Theater
  • $5,000 Gift: New Set of Big, Blue Imagination Playground Blocks
Educational Programs & Outreach

The Museum 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 Traveling Trunks and 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.

  • $260 Gift: Sponsors a StarLab outreach program
  • $500 Gift: Replenishes art supplies for the Creation Station
Scholarships for Classes & Camps

VDM introduced a Scholarship Program in 2016 to make educational resources like spring break and summer camps and drop-off classes accessible to all families in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. Your gift helps us expand these scholarship opportunities to a greater number of children and across more programs.

  • $190 Gift: Sponsors a child’s scholarship for a week of camp
Sponsored Admissions

The Museum's Sponsored Admission program allows underserved children and families in our community to utilize VDM's safe space and gallery resources free of charge through their affiliations with more than 30 community agencies. Your gift helps us keep this program vibrant for these visitors and partner groups and allows us to expand its benefits to new organizations.

  • $80 Gift: Underwrites visits for 10 underserved children
  • $120 Gift: Sponsors a field trip for a class of 20 underserved preschoolers

Make a Donation

Thank you for giving to the Virginia Discovery Museum and supporting our mission to foster intellectual curiosity and development for all children of our community! VDM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We receive no direct federal, state, or local funding. All contributions are tax-deductible.


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By Mail:

Please make checks payable to Virginia Discovery Museum and mail your gift to:

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