Become a Patron

The Natural History Museum is a place like no other.

With 80 million objects spanning 4.5 billion years of history, the collections support world-leading research and provide solutions to the biggest global challenges of our time.

From curator-led tours and previews of major exhibitions to tailored behind-the-scenes viewings with expert scientists, Patrons experience the Natural History Museum in an unparalleled way.

As a Patron, you will join a passionate, dynamic and committed group of supporters, be guided through the Museum's secret doors and see its vital work in extraordinary new ways. 

Patrons enjoying the collections up close
People enjoying the Hintze hall butterfly display

Your support is fundamental to the Museum's mission

The Patrons Circle provides essential resources to create learning programmes, advance scientific research and care for our invaluable collections. As a Patron, your support will allow us to carry out our vital work while giving you behind-the-scenes access to a truly extraordinary institution. 

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To dream, to create, to innovate the mind must first be inspired by the possibility of the impossible, the unreal, the otherworldly. As a child, the Natural History Museum was exactly that: otherworldly. Filled to the brim with weird and wonderful specimens, mythic beasts and tales of the unknown, it fed my imagination in a way that, to this day, remains still the single most important source of inspiration for my work. To me it is a priceless curiosity cabinet of wonders.

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Tessa Packard, Patron

Join today

All Patrons receive priority and unlimited access to exhibitions, discount at the Museum's shops and cafes and an exclusive programme of events with opportunities to meet scientists and discover the invaluable collections. 

Starting at £1,500 per year, or £125 per month by Direct Debit, there are three Patron levels to choose from.

Silver Circle

£1,500+ (suggested donation £1,200+, benefit £300)

Receive privileged out-of-hours access to the Museum. Through special events, Silver Circle Patrons engage with the Museum's world-class collection and exhibitions on a deeper level, with other like-minded supporters.

Gold Circle

£5,000 (suggested donation £4,150+, benefit £850)

Gold Circle Patrons enjoy all Silver Circle benefits and have access to unique behind-the-scenes experiences. Enjoy a very close relationship with the Museum, with bespoke access and tours tailored to your interests.

Platinum Circle

£12,000 (suggested donation £10,200+, benefit £1,800)

Platinum Circle Patrons receive all Gold Circle benefits and have access to the most exclusive parts of the Museum and its research. You will be introduced to a distinguished circle of scientific figures that work closely with us. Be a part of the Museum's evolution, attending exclusive receptions and being the first to experience major new projects and exhibitions.

If you do not want to receive benefits you can become a Patron Donor. Your entire gift will help us tackle global environmental problems, educate and inspire future generations, and enable us to share our unrivalled collections with the world. To find out more, please get in touch.

Anning Rooms

Enjoy access to an exclusive suite of rooms, including a restaurant, lounge and study area. Patrons can be joined by up to five guests and make table reservations.

 

Events

Patrons enjoy a year-round programme of events, including private views of exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours and exclusive on and off-site opportunities, as well as free access to the monthly Member talks. To find out what is coming up for Patrons, please get in touch.

   

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Patrons enjoying an event
A patron enjoying an exhibition
A patron enjoying an exhibition
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Download the application form

Do you want to become a Patron? Please complete the form and send it back to us.

Contact us

Patrons Office
The Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
+44 (0)20 7942 5827