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?

Unrestricted Gift

Help the Virginia Discovery Museum 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.

Coming in 2018: Given the success of VDM’s Front Gallery renovation in 2016, we have turned our attention to updating the Back Gallery. In early 2018, we plan to install new exhibits designed in response to the educational needs of our visitors, and we are currently looking for supporters and sponsors for the following two exhibits:

  • Discovery Farm: An interactive and 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.
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 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 40 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.


Make a Donation

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

Donate Online

Your donation will be processed with PayPal’s online payment portal and can be made using a debit or credit card.

Make a Donation

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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.