Discovery Fund

Make a difference today!

Make a difference today!

Your support matters! From providing education scholarships to making possible the next great scientific discoveries, your VMNH Discovery Fund contribution will help expand science education, research and exhibits throughout the Commonwealth and beyond during the coming year.

Donate to the VMNH Discovery Fund now!

Discovery Fund Giving Levels

  • Species
    $1 - $40
  • Genus
    $41 - $100
  • Family
    $101 - $250
  • Order
    $251 - $500
  • Class
    $501 - $1,000
  • Phylum
    $1,001 - $5,000
  • Kingdom


Your Tax-deductible Discovery Fund Contribution Supports...

Hands-on education programs
Together with “at-the-museum” and outreach programs, your support will help reach students across the Commonwealth through the Distance Learning program.

Science Festivals
Your support makes possible a variety of festivals with unique themes, including dinosaurs, reptiles, bugs, and even dragons! Thanks to your Discovery Fund support, these popular festivals draw thousands of visitors from across the region, with over 70% coming from outside Martinsville-Henry County.

Globally significant research
Thanks to you, VMNH scientists and colleagues made new scientific discoveries, published the results of groundbreaking research, and reached lifelong learners across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Exhibits at the museum and at sites statewide and beyond
With your help, new displays and exhibits continue to open at VMNH, with traveling exhibits on display in Ohio, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Your support will inspire the students of today who may become the scientists and leaders of tomorrow. From Discovery Fund gifts to support for new projects such as the upcoming Jean S. Adams Education Pavilion, your donation of any amount is always appreciated.  To learn more about how you can support VMNH, please contact us at or 276-634-4163.

Discovery Fund Donors

July 1, 2020 - May 13, 2021


Mr. and Mrs. George W. Lester
Ms. Edwia H. Pancake
Honorable W. Roscoe Reynolds


Mr. and Dr. Roy Binger
Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith Chaney
Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Collins
Dr. Barry M. Dorsey
Elster Foundation
Groves/Chaney Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Henika
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Holsinger
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jarrett
Dr. and Mrs. Mervyn R. King
Ms. Edwina H. Pancake
Thermal Technologies


Mr. and Mrs. Briggs W. Andrews
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ensminger
Irving and Jett Groves Foundation
Mr. Dennis E. Reeves
Hollister, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Rocovich, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Ryder
Ms. Ellen Thomason


Disability Rights & Resource Center
Dr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Benzing
Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Boisseau
Ms. Gail Clark
Ms. Susan Deatherage
Ms. Barbara Dickinson
Ms. Imogene Hodge Draper
Mr. F. Staley Hester, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. L. Randolph Isley
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Ivey
Mr. and Mrs. L. Dean Johnston
Dr. and Mrs. David H. Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Monday
Dr. and Mrs. James K. Muehleck
Ms. Carole Nash
Mr. and Mrs. Coy M. Park, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. G. Ronald Pigg
Mr. and Mrs. J. Walter Rhea
Dr. and Mrs. Edward P. Snyder
Hon. And Mrs. William F. Stone
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis H. Treacy
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Vogler
Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Wood


Aesthetic & Family Dental
Ms. Sally Anderson
Mr. C. Reed Anderson, Jr.
Mrs. Nancy L. Baker
Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Balabanis
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert C. Brittle, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. John Burgess
Honorable and Mrs. Robert L. Bushnell
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cooper
Dr. Sandra Curry
Mr. nd Mrs. William Dent
Mr. John G. Dicks
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dyches
Drs. Paul and Margie Eason
Dr. Ralph P. Eckerlin
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Edwards
Rhonda Edwards
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Flythe
Mrs. Sandra Ford
Mrs. Jane Gardner
Mr. and Mrs. James Gillespie
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew H. Hammack
Dr. John W. Happ
Rev. and Mrs. Mark S. Hinchcliff
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Jenkins
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Jessee
Mr. Bradley T. Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. David Jones
Mr. and Mrs. John Kinkema
Mr. and Mrs. William Lantz
Mrs. V. Carole Lougheed
Dr. and Mrs. Eugene Madonia
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Paul May
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Oliver
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Mitchell, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Reaser
Mr. Richard Renfro and Ms. Martha Otto
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Severt
S & K Office Products, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Guy P. Stanley
Ms. Julie H. Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. James Tobin
T. R. Properties, Inc.
Clement Wheatley
Dr. and Mrs. John R. Wheless
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. White
Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Wilson
Ms. Anne B. Wright


Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Carrington
Ms. Mary Loose Deviney
Ms. Linda Gette
Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Globman
Ms. Joyce M. Hankins
Ms. Pat Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mehring
Ms. Margaret Merrill
Mrs. Anita Priddy
Mr. Zachary Ryder
Mr. Danny Stevens
Dr. Cawley R. Stine
Mr. and Mrs. Dwight A. Stultz
Ms. Jennifer Thomas
Ms. Catharine W. Tucker
Mrs. Carolyn Turner
Ms. Anne K. Vest
Dr. and Mrs. Max F. Wingett
Mr. and Mrs. James R. Zinck

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Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
Sunday - Monday: Closed


$10 for ages 18-59
$5 for ages 3-17, seniors 60+, and college students
FREE for children under 3, museum members, and members of ASTC participating institutions

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David Hobbs

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