Annual Giving


By becoming an annual giving member of the Museum, you join a select group of museum supporters -- persons who are committed through their philanthropy to making a difference in Milwaukee’s cultural community. Annual giving members supply the funds necessary for protecting and preserving our collections, underwriting our scientific research and educational programming, and helping to bring special exhibitions to the Museum.

To recognize the monetary support provided by annual givers, the Museum offers an array of benefits in appreciation of these special gifts.

If you are interested in giving to MPM’s Annual Campaign, please contact the Development Office at (414) 278-6128.

Each level includes the benefits of all preceding levels.

President’s Circle — $10,000 and more

  • 4 additional VIP tickets to special exhibitions (total of 8).
  • A behind-the-scenes Museum tour for up to 8 guests of an area of special interest.

Curator’s Circle — $5,000 - $9,999

  • 4 VIP tickets to special exhibitions.
  • One free Family & Friends Patron membership to give to family or friends.
  • 20% discount on rental of galleries for private events.
  • Private luncheon with Museum leader.

Adventurer’s Circle — $2,500 - $4,999

  • Personalized Museum tour.
  • 10% discount on rental of galleries for private events.
  • Our public thanks on the Exceptional Annual Support honor board in the Museum.

Explorer’s Circle — $1,000 - $2,499

  • 2 additional one-time use guest passes (total of 10).
  • Admission privileges for up to 6 more guests (total of 8).
  • Quarterly donor newsletter.
  • Invitation for 2 to exclusive exhibit openings and special receptions.
  • Our public thanks in the Annual Report.

Benefactor — $500 - $999

  • 2 additional one-time use guest passes (total of 8).

Supporter — $350 - $499

  • 2 additional one-time use guest passes (total of 6).

Sustainer — $250 - $349

  • 4 one-time use guest passes.
  • Family & Friends Patron coverage plus 2 guests.
  • Plus Caregiver included.
  • Reciprocal benefits to ROAM partner museums.
  • Our public thanks in the Curio newsletter.

All donors of $250 or more also receive the benefits of membership which include:

  • FREE general admission to the Museum.
  • FREE tickets to the Theater & Planetarium.*
  • FREE admission to more than 300 museums worldwide.
  • FREE evening member events, such as Halloween Hauntings & MPM Inside Out.
  • FREE Clue Crew Kids Club membership.
  • FREE subscription to member newsletter & monthly eNewsletter.
  • Discounts on special exhibitions & members-only viewings.
  • Discounts on parking & purchases at MPM shops/cafe.
  • Discounts on Museum camps, lectures, and other public programs.
  • FREE stroller or wheelchair rental (one per visit).

*One free ticket per member, per visit (excludes special showings).

The Milwaukee Public Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible less the fair market value of any benefits you receive. The value of Dome Theater/Planetarium tickets is $6 each and is not tax-deductible.