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The King of Dinosaurs


Our mission

To inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health and leadership to a sustainable future.

For more than 90 years, Cleveland Museum of Natural History has been a dynamic leader in regional, national and worldwide arenas. We are uniquely positioned to continue our mission and expand our leadership in science, conservation, education and exhibits.

Your gift makes discovery possible

From the lab to the field to the classroom, our Museum is a major resource for scientific research, education and conservation. Discover the far-reaching impact and amazing work your generous Annual Fund support makes possible.
Your gift brings natural history to life...through a face-to-face encounter with a new amazingly lifelike "Lucy," the famous 3.2 million-year-old human ancestor.
Your gift advances scientific understanding...through the discovery of a rare fossil ape cranium China by our  Curator of Paleobotany & Paleoecology Dr. Denise Su.
Your gift changes a child's life...through interactive educational programs that foster a lifetime of scientific curiosity and exploration.

A donation to the Annual Fund will have the greatest impact on the Museum's greatest needs. Donate Now

Additional Ways to Donate

Mail a personal check to:
Development Department
Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval, University Circle
Cleveland, OH 44106-1767
*Please be sure to designate the purpose of your gift—Annual Fund unrestricted, specific restricted fund, memorial, etc. on the memo line of the check

Donate appreciated stock by following these simple instructions.
Call the Development Office at 216-231-4600 x3265 to make a gift with a credit card over the phone or for more information regarding non-cash gifts, such as equipment and real estate.
To learn how donations are used in more detail, please view our financial information.

Find out more about donating to the Museum’s Annual Fund, becoming a corporate partner or creating a lasting legacy through Planned Giving.

Tax-free IRA Gifts

For those 70½ years of age or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. On December 18, Congress passed legislation retroactively extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2015 and made this provision permanent for future years. A total of $100,000/year can be transferred directly to one or more qualified charities, such as Cleveland Museum of Natural History, free from federal income tax. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.

To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to one or more qualified charities. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. Please contact your IRA administrator or custodian to make this transfer.

For more information, contact Margaret Ann Gudbranson, Esq., Director of Planned Giving, at 216-231-4600 x3286 or Please consult your tax professional regarding your personal tax situation.

Be confident in your support

Charity Navigator is America's premier independent charity evaluator. They help charitable givers make intelligent giving decisions by providing in-depth, objective ratings and analysis of the financial health and accountability & transparency  of America's largest charities. Charity Navigator awarded Cleveland Museum of Natural History four out of a possible four stars. Receiving four out of a possible four stars indicates that Cleveland Museum of Natural History adheres to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities and consistently executes its mission in a fiscally responsible way. Please click on the Charity Navigator logo to review our rating.