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Your support makes a huge difference.

The Natural History Museum is a charity and relies on your support. No matter the size, every gift to the Museum is critical to our work in protecting the natural world.

The Museum's role now is more important than ever. Our scientists are unlocking answers to big issues facing humanity and the planet, and together, we can tackle these challenges.

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Make your mark in the Museum's gardens

Whether you choose to sponsor a square metre of garden or have the name of a loved one engraved on a bench, any donation will have a lasting impact on the Museum gardens, all in support of urban nature. 

Why donate?

We need your help

Help keep the Museum open and accessible to all. Your support will enable us to keep inspiring each and every visitor to become an advocate for our planet. 

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  • Help us to make natural science a part of everyone's lives, inspiring better choices for our planet.

  • Support our innovative learning and outreach programmes to inspire visitors to become advocates for the planet.

Support our science

The Museum is a powerhouse of scientific enquiry and a voice of authority on the natural world. Our scientists carry out research that has global impact.

This work is now more important than ever. Natural resources are diminishing, the ecosystems we rely on are under stress, food sources are declining, and new diseases are emerging.

We need your help to continue our important research and help find solutions to the biggest problems facing humanity.

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Protect our collections

Our Grade I listed building is home to the largest and most important collection of natural history specimens and the most extensive natural history library in the world.

The preservation of our 80 million specimens, books and building requires expert care and regular attention and is extremely costly.

Your support is vital to help us safeguard our iconic and internationally recognised collections for future generations.

Champion our outreach programmes

Our front-of-house staff are inspiring the next generation of scientists through world-class learning experiences.

Engaging society in scientific debate and fostering a better understanding of the origins of life, evolution, biodiversity and sustainability is at the heart of the Museum's mission.

We need your help to continue making science accessible and exciting for everyone. 


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Discover how our scientists and staff are making a difference with your support

Can we reverse biodiversity loss?


Make a donation

£5 could help us digitise a specimen for climate research

£10 could help us freeze a bee for our collections

£20 could help us do a Red List assessment for a threatened species

£50 could help us fund a field trip to understand biodiversity loss

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Our charitable status

The Museum is a charity and your donations, however big or small, help to support the important work that we do. 

As an exempt charity, the Museum is regulated by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. This means that while we are not registered with the Charity Commission, and don't have a Registered Charity Number, we are still a fully legally constituted charity. For further information please visit the Government Summary on Exempt Charity Status.


What is Gift Aid and how does it help us?

For every £1 donated with Gift Aid, the Museum gets an extra 25 pence from the government at no extra cost to you. Gift Aid is a tax relief allowing UK charitable organisations to reclaim an extra 25% in tax on every eligible donation made by a UK taxpayer. If you are a UK taxpayer don’t forget to let us know so we can claim Gift Aid on your donations, this additional income makes a big difference.

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Our fundraising promise

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Got a question? Get in touch with the team

This form is only for enquiries about making a monetary donation to the Museum.

If your enquiry is about donating an object to the Museum’s collections then please email