Thank you for considering donating to the Science Museum of Western Virginia! We are a non-profit organization that relies on the generosity of donors like you to continue our mission of making science and technology accessible to all people and nurturing life-long learning. 100% of your donation goes directly towards enhancing the museum’s exhibit collection, developing our education department and expanding our reach within the local community.

As our daily functions change, so do our overhead costs. We are investing in additional educational supplies, chairs, desks, cleaning supplies, and much more that go directly to supporting our students this academic year.

What your donation can provide:

  • $10 – For the average admission ticket price, $10 buys a box of anti-bacterial wipes to keep all surfaces clean and safe
  • $50 – For the price of a family’s admission, $50 buys an individual desk for a learner to use at a safe distance from other learners
  • $100 – For the price of a membership renewal,  $100 buys supplies for a class to learn STEAM topics in fun, interactive ways
  • $500 – $500 provides learners with 1 month of enrichment and new experiences, such as Spanish class, yoga or woodwork
  • $1000 – Sponsor an underprivileged child to attend The LAB for 6 weeks full-time and receive much-needed academic support this school year
If you would like more information about how you can become one of our esteemed donors, please call or email our Director of Philanthropy, Mary Roberts Baako at 540.342.5703 or, or make a secure online donation. We would love you to come in to visit us also so that we can put a face to a donor’s name!

Donate with Smilematic with you Amazon purchases!

Smilematic is a free Chrome extension the automatically turns your everyday Amazon purchases into AmazonSmile donations! This plug-in will automatically re-direct you to (exactly the same as and when you complete you purchase, 0.5% of the cost is donated to the Science Museum. It costs nothing, and has all the benefit.


  1. Download the plug-in here
  2. That’s it! When you go to, the plug-in will automatically re-direct you and you will be donating when you make your purchase at no additional cost!​

Consider donating to our partner, the Virginia Mineral Project! The VMP is a dedicate to collecting, preserving and educating our community about Virginia’s mineral history. 

Find out more here and contact Thomas Hale at for more information.

Car donation

Did you know that you don’t have to give cash donations to the museum to also support us? You can donate your old car rather than going through the hassle of selling it! We have teamed up with ‘Donate for Charity’ which makes this whole process easy. You will receive a minimum $500 tax deduction and the car will be picked up in 1-2 days. Cars don’t have to be running to qualify! All net proceeds go towards supporting your science museum.

You can find out more information on Donate for Charity’s website. If you would like to donate your car, complete a Vehicle Donation Form or call us at 540.342.5710.