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, 2021 - June 30, 2022


Mrs. Doris Berry
Mr. and Mrs. Lowell T. Carter
Hermes Family Foundation
The Elster Foundation
Mr. Andrew Harder
Mr. Robert Harder
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Henika
Mr. and Mrs. George Lester
Ms. Edwina Pancake
Mr. John Ross
Honorable and Mrs. William F. Stone


Thermal Technologies, Inc.
Groves/Chaney Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. J. Smith Chaney
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Holsinger
Mr. and Mrs. Luther Ensminger
Drs. David & Susan Morris
Mr. and Mrs. E. Larry Ryder
Melany Stowe


Irving and Jett Groves Foundation
Dr. Mary Hardy Betterton
Ms. Evalyn T. Chapman
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Collins
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Monday
Dr. Carole Nash and Mr. John Eckman
Carole L. Nash
Mr. Dennis E. Reeves
Honorable and Mrs. W. Roscoe Reynolds
Mr. Michael Wise


Disability Rights & Resource Center
Mr. and Dr. Darren Aaron
Mr. and Mrs. Briggs Andrews
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Ashby
Mr. and Dr. Roy Binger
Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Bowles
Mr. Mark Buss
Ms. Gail Clark
Mr. James Daniel
Ms. Susan Deatherage
Ms. Imogene Draper
Ms. Andrea Dudek
Drs. Paul and Margie Eason
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Edgerton
Dr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Francis Falls
Mr. and Mrs. William Hensley
Mr. F. Staley Hester, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Huckfeldt
Mr. and Mrs. L. Randolph Isley
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Jarrett
Mr. and Mrs. L. Dean Johnston
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Kirby, III
Dr. and Mrs. David H. Lewis
Mr. and Mrs. Paul May
Mrs. Joyce Poindexter
Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Quinones
Dr. Janet Reid
S&K Office Products
Dr. and Mrs. Edward P. Snyder
Mr. and Mrs. Guy P. Stanley
Mr. William Sydor
Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Vogler
Mr. and Mrs. William S. Warren
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wickham


Altrusa International Martinsville/HC
Mr. C. Reed Anderson, Jr.
Ms. Sally Anderson
Mr. and Mrs. Larry Barts
Dr. Theresa Bechtel
Mrs. Nancy L. Baker
Mr. Paul Boros
Ms. Anne Burnette
Ms. Jeanette Cole
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. William Dent
Ms. Barbara Dickinson
Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dyches
Dr. Ralph P. Eckerlin
First Baptist Church Martinsville
Mrs. Sandra Ford
Mr. and Mrs. James Gillespie
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
Dr. Boris C. Kondratieff
Mr. and Mrs. William Lantz
Mrs. Mary Jo Littlefield
Mrs. V. Carole Lougheed
Mrs. Betty McCracken
Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Martin
Mr. and Mrs. Claude W. McMillan
Mr. and Mrs. Henry L. Mitchell, Jr.
Dr. and Mrs. J. Peyton Moore
Mr. and Mrs. William Moore
Ms. Phyllis Newbill
Mr. and Mrs. John Philpott
Dr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Reaser
Mr. Zachary Reeves
Mr. Richard Renfro and Ms. Martha Otto
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Severt
Mr. and Mrs. Rayford Smith
Mrs. Nancy U. Stanley
Ms. Anne Stultz
Mr. Al Taylor
Mr. and Mrs. James Tobin
Dr. and Mrs. John R. Wheless
Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. White
Dr. and Mrs. Max F. Wingett
Ms. Ellen Wood


Ms. Joanne Chaplin
Ms. Sandra Coleman
Ms. Martha Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Darrin Doss
Mr. Matthew Ellersick
Mrs. Barbara T. Epperly
Ms. Janet Fentress
Mr. and Mrs. Walter W. Flythe
Mr. Bruce Grimes
Mr. Ray Herman
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Hodges
Ms. Pat Jones
Ms. K. K. Joyce
Mr. Mark Langdon
Ms. Alice Lantz
Mr. Mark McCaskill
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Mehring
Ms. Donna Snead
Mr. Eric Tichay
Mrs. Catharine W. Tucker
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Tuggle
Mrs. Carolyn Turner
Mr. M. Edward Tutwiler
Ms. Anne K. Vest

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Please Visit Us Soon


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

My 4 year old son loves going to the museum. The exhibits are educational, interactive and kid-friendly.

Beth Deatherage

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