The Midwest Museum of Natural history is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution, which receives no funding from the state or local tax dollars. Our earned revenue (admission, program fees, membership, and gift shop sales) only make up a portion of our operational expenses. We rely on the generosity of the individuals, businesses, and the community to help keep the Museum accessible to the public. Donations may be tax-deductible!

There are many ways in which the museum could use your support:

Whether $5 or $5,000, every donation dollar is welcomed. Please consider the Museum when mapping out your charitable contribution budget!

If you love the Midwest Museum of Natural History and you regularly shop on, you’re in luck!

MMNH is partnered with AmazonSmile, a simple, automatic way to support your favorite charitable organizations while you shop! At, you’ll have the same shopping experience with the added bonus of donating a portion of your purchase to MMNH at no additional cost to you.

How to Get Started:

  1. Visit and select Midwest Museum of Natural History as your charity to support. AmazonSmile will remember this choice for future purchases. Or, click here!

  2. Use a new or existing Amazon account to browse all of Amazon’s selection. The entire shopping experience is the same.

  3. .5% of your total purchase will be donated to MMNH (at no extra cost to you.)

After you’ve successfully completed a purchase on Amazon Smile, you can share the news on Facebook or Twitter! The option will appear on the confirmation page after your order is complete.

Your support means the world to us, and we’re thrilled to offer you a new way to help us encourage our community’s appreciation of natural history.

It takes more than just money to support our live animals, our staff, and our educational programming. Please see our up-to-date Wish List for our current needs!


Through a donation, your business will be aligning its name with an educational, family-oriented, community resource. All contributions are tax-deductible and go directly to supporting educational programs, community outreach, collections care, exhibit development, and the care of the museum's live animals. Donors are acknowledged through the museum's newsletter, website, and other public media.

Marketing and event partnerships are a great opportunity for exposure, showing the public that your business supports a community-tied organization like MMNH. Our partnerships help us to continue to provide our community with exciting opportunities, from sponsored museum exhibits to local community events.

For more information, please contact the Executive Director, at 815-895-9777 or