The Australian Museum Foundation raises funds that enables the Museum to excel in scientific research, to help build cultural connections, to offer exceptional exhibitions and educational programs and to acquire significant objects for the collection areas. Only through the power of philanthropy can you help us reach our goals.

Our giving circles offer unique opportunities to engage further with the important work of the Australian Museum and provide exclusive access to a familiarisation program of behind-the-scenes tours, exhibition openings, events and invitation-only activities with other like-minded donors.


$1,000 - $4,999 per annum. Guardians are a vital group of like-minded individuals who are interested in going behind the scenes and engaging more with the work of the Australian Museum.

Director's Circle

$5,000 - $9,999 per annum. Director’s Circle donors receive invitations to exclusive Museum events and experiences including behind-the-scenes events with Museum scientists and experts.

President’s Circle

$10,000 and over per annum. President’s Circle donors receive invitations to exclusive events at the Australian Museum where they are able to connect with our senior scientists and curators.

Patrons and Benefactors

Patrons and benefactors provide substantial gifts of $50,000 and over which directly support Australian Museum programs and projects. They receive invitations to personal meetings and exclusive events as well as being acknowledged for their generous contribution on our Donor Wall.

Donations of $2 and over are fully tax-deductible*.

Please make a tax-deductible donation today.

Contact us

To learn more about our giving circles or to support a particular area of interest, please contact our Development team on (02) 9320 6216 or

*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.