Giving to the Annual Fund


Want to show how much you love Cincinnati Museum Center? If you didn’t get one of our “I Love My Museum Center” car decals in the mail, you can pick one up at Museum Center between 4 and 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13! Our staff will be waiting in our north parking lot to wash your back windshield and place your decal for you. Then, take a picture of the sticker on your back windshield and post it on Twitter, Instagram or our Facebook page with the hashtag #LoveCincyMuseum to show your support!

Giving a little means a lot! Donate now >

"I love my Museum Center because when I play on the street car I can yell 'ALL ABOARD!' - Sam Boron

For one local second grader, Sam Boron, supporting Museum Center is already a lifelong passion! He understands that even giving a little means A LOT!

In 2010, at the age of four, Sam was encouraged to save his allowance and donate a portion to something that inspired him. After hearing a new roof was needed, Sam instantly knew Museum Center was where he wanted to share his allowance - he wanted to protect the artifacts and exhibits he has always enjoyed.

When Sam turned five, he continued to find opportunities to support Museum Center. In lieu of birthday gifts, Sam asked his friends to also donate to Museum Center to spread the word of support. Now at nearly eight, Sam continues the tradition and has become a great example of philanthropy for all and continues to encourage his friends to donate online in honor of his birthday celebration. He hopes that their support will allow museum visitors to have the same experiences he loves – Holiday Junction, Cincinnati in Motion, the Tree House in Duke Energy Children’s Museum – it’s an endless list!

Sam, we are so thankful that in conjunction with all of your activities – soccer, basketball, baseball, Tai Kwan Do and playing the violin – you still take time to be generous and giving. Cincinnati Museum Center is proud of your philanthropic spirit. Your mom is right! “You don’t have to give a lot to make a difference.” You have truly made a difference, Sam, and we hope many will do the same! Can’t wait to see you again soon at YOUR Cincinnati Museum Center! Click here to donate today!

How your contribution can help

$500 Brings the past to life in Cincinnati History Museum by providing clothing for our costumed interpreters like the fashionable women of 1860 or a World War I soldier going off to war in 1917.

$250 Provides a class of 40 students an opportunity to Be a Scientist and to explore the WOW of physics in our LITE Lab – our hands-on STEM lab. OR will purchase 5,000 pounds of sand for the Pre-School Sand Play in Museum of Natural History & Science.

$150 Allows a family of five to enjoy all four sessions of Learning Through Play, where children will dance, create art and develop science skills, while caregivers develop an understanding of how children learn through play.

$100 Engages 20 young scientists participating in learning, innovation, technology and education in our LITE Lab.

$75 Sends one early childhood educator to our annual Learning Through Play conference, celebrating the power of play in a child’s life.

$50 Teaches children five and younger about different artists, cultures, art movements and artistic styles by providing supplies for one Super Sprouts program in Duke Energy Children’s Museum. Or provides supplies for hands-on projects that give visitors the opportunity to make their own pieces of history in Cincinnati History Museum.

$25 Provides a family with up to four children a scholarship to a Sprouts Institute family workshop, with our panel of early childhood consultants who provide enriching experiences for infants to 6-year-olds and their caregivers.

I love Cincinnati Museum Center.

Let me count the WHYs!

"The Junior League of Cincinnati (JLC) has had a long and beneficial relationship with Cincinnati Museum Center beginning with the JLC’s founding of the Children’s Museum. Museum Center continues to be an invaluable educational resource for children, families and our community, and we are excited about the Museum Center’s future and all of the ways we continue to partner. We are always confident that collaborating with them on ways to improve our community will yield great results.”
-Lisa Hubbard, President, 2013-2014

“I love my Museum Center because it is so much fun for kids and adults.”
-Michelle Smith

“We love our Cincinnati Museum Center because of the chance to learn more about Nature and Science and have fun with the kids.”
-Jim Crotty and family

“I love Cincinnati Museum Center because of the nostalgia.”
-Max Hellmueller

“We love our Museum Center because of the OMNIMAX®.”
-Dorothy Coats

“I love my Cincinnati Museum Center because it is one of the most child friendly places in Cincinnati.”
-Sharon Holland

“I love my Museum Center for all the fabulous special exhibits that travel here.”
-Cathy Hansel

“Volunteering at Museum Center for 14 years, I have seen the talents and team work that bring people from all different walks of life together. Devotion and passion of staff and volunteers working side by side turns this place into such an attractive destination.”
-Serena Tsuang

Click here to tell us why you love your Museum Center!


DONATE TODAY to double your gift – maybe even triple it!* The first $25,000 raised will be matched $1 for $1 by Lori & Bob Fregolle and John Goering.


Annual Fund Honorary Chairs

Lori & Bob Fregolle

"Lori and I are delighted to offer this match with John to give others the opportunity to support Cincinnati Museum enter and demonstrate love for this wonderful organization. WHY? To share our enthusiasm for early childhood education, regional history and natural history and science. Museum Center is our resource to provide understanding of the richness of our past and our present as well as inspire our future through world-class learning experiences for people of all ages."


John Goering

"Union Terminal and Cincinnati Museum Center with its rich program offerings have played an important role for the Goering family. I enjoy serving on the Cincinnati Museums Foundation board, which grows and protects Museum Center’s endowment to sustain the institution for years to come. WHY? It’s very rewarding!"


Annual Fund Committee

Tom Bailey
Elizabeth & Brian Bell
Jen & Bill Brunette
April & Lile Cremeans
Cathy Hansel
Lynn & Stephen Kukanza
Dr. Michelle Yee Louis & Matthew Louis
Lisa & Tom O'Brien
Catherine & Dan Seifert
Joni Sherman & Alan Statman
Serena Tsuang
Kim Watling

* Does your company match gifts? If so, you can triple the value of your contribution! Be sure to check with your company for details. View a partial list of companies that provide matching gifts.


More ways to give

Investor Clubs
Do you have a specific interest in science, history or early childhood education? Investors in Museum Center can learn more about the topics they love through exclusive tours and insider updates throughout the year.

Honor or Tribute Gifts
Do you have a friend or relative who loves science, cares about the environment or wants to see our local history preserved for generations to come? Make a donation to Museum Center in honor of their special day—great for birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion. Your honoree will be sent a letter notifying them of your generous gift. The option to name your tribute will become available as you make your gift online or please contact the Office of Philanthrophy at 513-287-7074 to make a gift or for more information.


More Information

If you have questions or would like to discuss your contribution, contact Brian Hiles at 513-345-2651 or