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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Estate & Planned Gifts

To ensure that the standards of innovation, excellence, and education enjoyed at the Exploratorium today will be available to future generations, you can include the museum in your estate plans. Such gifts are essential to assure a stable future for this unique place, and can also offer significant tax advantages for you and, in some cases, can provide income for you or your chosen beneficiaries for life. Through careful planning and consultation with your advisors, a planned gift may enable you to give more to the museum than you ever thought possible, while still providing for your loved ones.

A planned gift can provide general support, or you can choose to designate your gift to one or more of these funds:

  • The General Endowment provides funding for the museum’s program operations and facilities.
  • The Visitor Programs Endowment contributes to the development and marketing of educational and entertaining exhibitions and programs for our visitors and online audiences.
  • The Exhibits Endowment supports exhibit development and maintenance.
  • The Youth Programs Endowment expands and preserves the museum’s outreach and education programs for children and youth.
  • The Teacher Education Endowment supports the leadership demonstrated by the Exploratorium in providing teachers with professional development.
  • The Exhibit-Based Teaching Endowment supports partnerships with other museums across the country and around the world.

Asset Contribution

There are a variety of assets that you can donate to the Exploratorium like stocks, securities, real estate, and personal property.

Learn more about assets you can contribute » 


Gift-planning Ideas

There are several flexible planned-giving options that can help you accomplish multiple goals with your assets.

Consider some of these gift-planning ideas » 


Oppenheimer Circle

When you make a planned gift to the Exploratorium, you qualify for membership in the Oppenheimer Circle, a distinguished group of Exploratorium friends who have included the museum in their estate plans.