We need you to help the Australian Museum achieve its vision as being a leading voice for the richness of life, the earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific.

Philanthropic donations to the Australian Museum Foundation (AMF) has enabled the Australian Museum (AM) to

  • Remain at the forefront of Australian scientific research
  • Acquire and safely preserve cultural artefacts for generations to enjoy
  • Respect and affirm Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural values, practices and stories
  • Offer education programs to young people including those in regional and rural Australia.

The AMF has supported the important work of the AM with a number of projects such as

  • Ground-breaking sequencing of the whole koala genome to conserve koala populations
  • Acquisition of Asaro Mud Masks from Papua New Guinea which culminated in a program of public performances and clay-mask making workshops
  • The creation of a major sculptural installation dedicated to Indigenous fisherwomen in the First Australians Gallery entitled mahn
  • An Early Birds program which provides specialist material and services of trained staff for people with disability.

The AMF is a not-for-profit organisation that exists solely to raise funds to support projects across the AM, from research and collections to cultural and education programs.

Become a patron of our annual giving circles for exclusive access to a familiarisation program of behind-the-scenes tours, exhibition openings, events and invitation-only activities with other like-minded donors.

Donations of $2 and over are fully tax-deductible*. Please make a tax-deductible donation today or call us to learn more about supporting a project or acquisition.

*Donations should be made payable to the Australian Museum Foundation (ABN 64 497 967 210). The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to ensure a secure financial base for the Australian Museum and the Museum is its sole legal beneficiary. The Foundation is endorsed as a deductible gift recipient and an Item 2 public ancillary fund under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Donations may also be made to the Australian Museum Trust (ABN 85 407 224 698) which is also a deductible gift recipient under Items 1 and 4 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. The credit card transaction fee is a percentage of the total donation and is charged as per the credit card merchant fee rate.

Ways to join the Foundation

Our annual giving circles offer unique opportunities to engage with the important work of the Australian Museum.

Our supporters

The Australian Museum Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of those who help the Australian Museum achieve its vision as being a leading voice for the richness of life, the earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific.

The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum. The Foundation has a distinguished Board of Trustees including:

Mr Brian Hartzer - Chair
Ms Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS - Deputy Chair
Ms Natalia Bradshaw
Mr Warwick Evans, BCom (Eco)
Ms Shauna Jarrett
Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod
Ms Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO, Australian Museum
Mr David G E Rickards
Ms Kristina Stefanova

The Australian Museum Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of our donors, including those who have donated anonymously, in helping the Australian Museum to realise its vision as being a leading voice for the richness of life, the earth and culture in Australia and the Pacific.

Capital Campaign

The Hintze Family Charitable Foundation
The Macdoch Foundation
Estate of the late Patricia McDonald
Sherman Foundation


Ann Macintosh Trust
David & Megan Armstrong
Jennifer Crivelli
Etheridge Descendants
Warwick Evans
Chris & Gina Grubb
Alison & Bill Hayward OAM
Mary Holt & the late Dr John Holt
Anna Josephson & Rickard Gardell
The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
Helen Molesworth
Neilson Foundation
The Paradice Family Foundation
Robert Rich


Graeme Wood Foundation
John T Reid Charitable Trusts
Martin Terry

President’s Circle

Robert Otto Albert AO RFD RD
The Carrawa Foundation
Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
The Horizon Foundation
Judy Lee
Kim McKay AO
Oranges & Sardines Foundation
Gretel Packer AM
Purcell Family Endowment Fund
Kristina Stefanova
Tony Sukkar AM & Josephine Sukkar AM
Julie & Chris Vonwiller

Treasures Circle

The following individuals and organisations have supported a Treasure or Collection Case in the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum exhibition in the Westpac Long Gallery.

Robert Otto Albert AO RFD RD
David & Megan Armstrong
Dr Charles & Mrs Beverly Barnes
The Calvert-Jones Foundation
The Carrawa Foundation
Paul Connor
Jennifer Crivelli
Warwick Evans
Billie Rose & Warwick Evans
Sienna Belle & Warwick Evans
Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
Peter & Judy Gregg
Chris & Gina Grubb
The Hartzer /Trevor-Jones Family
Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
Prof Ian Hickie
The John & Frances Ingham Foundation
The John Spencer Dickinson Family
Warwick & Ann Johnson
Virginia Judge & daughters Cecily, Theresa, Rebecca & Dr Patrick Tooth
Keith & Maureen Kerridge
Chris & Belinda Knierim
Jim Lennon in Honour of Jean Lennon
Lindblad Expeditions
Catherine Livingstone AO & Michael Satterthwaite
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
The Macquarie Group Foundation
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
The Moore Family
Jacqui & John Mullen
Belinda Gibson & Jim Murphy
The Nelson Family
Ben Barham & Gretel Packer
Francesca Packer Barham & Gretel Packer
William Murray & Gretel Packer
The Paradice Family Foundation
The Patterson Pearce Foundation
The Purcell Family Endowment Fund in Honour of Mrs Lorna
Robert Purves AM
Professor Jan Scott & her friends Jack, Sissi, Coquohalla & Otis
Penelope Seidler AM
Albert Y Wong AM & Sophie Wong
Fengjun Zhu

Director’s Circle

Antoinette Albert
Maile & Charles Carnegie
Dr Zeny Edwards OAM
Gordon Darling Foundation
Henry Pollack Foundation
Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
JIBB Family Foundation
Alice Arnott Oppen OAM


James & Belinda Allen
Ken & Roddy Bell
Bill & Annette Blinco
Natalia Bradshaw
Connie Chaird & Darren Yong
Margot & Stephanie Chinneck
Paul Connor
Phillip Cornwell
Mr Trevor Danos AM & Dr Veronica Lambert
Margaret & Peter Donovan
Julia Drew
Amanda Farrar
Diane Finlay
Fivex Pty Ltd
Susan Foster
Belinda Gibson & Jim Murphy
Edward Griffin
Dr Helen Harding
Kate Hayward
Peter Homel
Howard H W
Fiona James
Shauna Jarrett
John Spencer Dickinson Family
Leathan Family
John Leece AM
Howard Lewis
Lily W Mung Endowment
Catherine Livingstone AO & Mr Michael Satterthwaite
Helen McCombie
Richard & Jane Malcolmson
Suzanne G Meli
Bruce Norton
John G Pearson & Mark B Clark
Judy Ranka
Drs Jean & Evan Siegel
Fiona Sinclair
Maisy Stapleton
Christopher & Fiona Still
John Stitt
Christina Stitt-Ditfurth
Sugarloaf Pastoral Investments
Anne Sullivan
Louise Taggart
Vera Vargassoff
Wendy Walker
Philippa Walsh
Wavish Family Foundation
Ray Wilson OAM
Stephen Wilson & Rachel Hawkeswood

Next Gen

Dr Nicole Adams
Simon Ayling
Alessandro Belgiorno-Nettis
Olivia Blakiston
Frankie Brown
Clarabella Burley
Matthew Coe
Kathryn Crossley
Jack Dwyer
Peter Economos
Michael Frazis
Arielle Gamble
Clare Ainsworth Herschell & Tommy Herschell
Tom Keeble
Alasdair King
Gemma Olsson
Laura Rahn
Madeleine Ross
Anna Satouris
Brendan Spratt

Estate of the late Cameron ‘Ivan’ Walsh
Estate of the late Clarence E Chadwick
Estate of the late Eileen Silk
Estate of the late Gwendoline A West
Estate of the late Jacqueline Heather Field
Estate of the late Jean Marjorie Edgecombe
Estate of the late Jessie Campbell Wise
Estate of the late Merrill Pye
Estate of the late Patricia M McDonald
Estate of the late Patricia M Porritt
Estate of the late Phillip Jack
Estate of the late William S Tatlow

Steven & Janine Avery
Ursula Burgoyne
Sam & Louise Dawson
Rod & Robyn Dent in honour of Pat Dent & the Wanindilyaugwa tribe
Charles M Ellias
The late Paul L Fischer
John L Gordon
Robin Guthrie
Mark Hanlon
J Holliday
The late John Hume
Raymond Kirby AO & Mrs Deirdre Kirby
Roger Langmead
David Leece
Leighton Llewellyn
Belinda Mason & Dieter Knierim
James McColl
Mineralogical Society of NSW Inc
Dr Max Moulds
George & Edna Oakes
Dorothy O’Reilly
John Rankin
Dr William Rieger
John Rohde
Paul Scully-Power AM
Michael Shea
Trevor Shearston
The late Muriel Snell
George Stacey
Prof Gunther Theischinger
The late Margaret Tuckson
David Twine
Janet Walker

Contact us

If you’d like to know more about the Foundation and our programs, we'd love to speak with you.

Please contact the Development team on (02) 9320 6216, development@australian.museum or through the enquiry form below.

Contact the Foundation