There are several ways in which you can make a bequest to the Australian Museum Foundation.

Your bequest will be highly appreciated and extremely beneficial in supporting the Australian Museum’s goals and significantly, in inspiring and educating future generations in protecting our cultural heritage and the natural sciences.

If you would like to know more about the positive impact of bequests to the Museum, you can read the stories behind our current Bequest Ambassadors.

How we acknowledge your bequest:

We would be delighted to acknowledge your pledge by name on the AMF website, in the AM Annual Report, and in our quarterly magazine, Explore.

To notify us of your bequest, please send us a copy of the relevant extract from your Will, or a letter confirming your bequest from a solicitor.

All notified pledges valued at $50,000 and above will also be acknowledged on the Donor Wall in the Crystal Hall entrance way.

While we welcome the opportunity to publicly thank you for your generosity, we also respect your wish to remain anonymous.

Types of bequests you can make

Your bequest can be created according to any of the following forms:

  • Residual; part of or all of your Estate, after you have specified gifts for family or friends.

This means your bequest will keep its value regardless of inflation, and the gift you wish to make today is worth as much as when it is received by the Museum

  • A percentage of your total estate
  • Specified as including assets such as shares, bonds or property (for information about CGT and transfer of bequeathed assets, see the following link to the ATO website)
  • A specified sum of money for the Museum

The Australian Museum Foundation can also be named as a beneficiary in a life insurance or superannuation policy.

You may choose to designate your bequest for the general purpose of the Australian Museum, and funds will be allocated to priorities of the Museum at the time. We do recommend that you seek independent legal advice when making or updating your Will. Alternatively, you can include a clause for a simple gift in your Will as:

"I give to the Australian Museum Foundation (ABN 64 497 967 210) ______* for the use and benefit of the Australian Museum at its absolute discretion** free from all taxes and duties payable in respect of my death, my estate or the administration of my estate and I direct that the receipt of the Director, President or other authorised officer for the time shall be an absolute discharge to my trustee(s) for the gift."

We welcome the opportunity to assist you in creating a Bequest to the Australian Museum.

If you or your solicitor require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Development Manager, Mandy O’Bryan on (02) 9320 6216 or All enquiries are strictly confidential.

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