The Virginia Discovery Museum has been a vital nonprofit community resource for families in the Charlottesville-Albemarle region for nearly 40 years and relies on the generosity of friends and neighbors, businesses, organizations, and foundations to inspire lifelong learning among children of all backgrounds. Now, more than ever, the Museum needs your support: VDM has remained closed to the public since mid-March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, has forfeited significant anticipated revenue. This loss will have a profound impact on the Museum’s long-term financial health, but your generosity will allow VDM to survive these challenging times, share educational resources with families while we are closed, and reopen as soon as it is safe.

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Make a Donation

Thank you for supporting the Museum’s mission of fostering intellectual curiosity and development for all children in our community. VDM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Click the link and follow the prompts to make an online donation using a credit or debit card.

By Mail

Complete a donor card and mail to Virginia Discovery Museum, P.O. Box 1128, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Checks payable to “Virginia Discovery Museum.”

At AmazonSmile

Select “Virginia Discovery Museum” as your charitable organization, and AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of eligible purchases.

How Does My Gift Help?

Sponsored Admission Program

The Museum’s Sponsored Admission Program accounts for 8,000 visitors annually, or 11 percent of VDM’s total admissions each year. This program allows underserved children and families to utilize VDM’s space and gallery resources free of charge on daily visits and group field trips through their affiliations with 54 social service agencies. Your gift helps us keep this program vibrant for these visitors and partner groups, expand its benefits to new organizations, and support the critical work of those local agencies.

Accessibility Project

The Museum has launched a new initiative to better serve the needs of an increasing number of visitors with physical and neurological differences. Your gift helps adapt exhibits, programs, and events to have a broader impact.

Field Trips, Programs & Scholarships

VDM offers enrichment and learning opportunities through Field Trips and educational programs like weekly Drop-Ins for all ages, after-school Discovery Workshops and multi-week STEAM Series for ages 4 and older, and half-day Camps for ages 4 to 8. Your gift helps us stock craft supplies, STEM components, and other educational materials; continuously improve the quality of our program offerings; introduce new programs; and provide scholarships for fee-based classes and camps.

Exhibit Maintenance & Development

The Museum currently maintains 15 hands-on educational play areas over 6,000 square feet of exhibit space. Your gift helps us keep exhibit components in working order, create new exhibit spaces, and ensure a safe, clean environment where children can enjoy exploratory and imaginative play.

Contact Us

Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Director of Operations Lindsay Jones at (434) 977-1025 x102 or to learn more about how you can support the Virginia Discovery Museum.