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Donate to Port Discovery and invest in our children and future!

Contributing to Port Discovery means so much more than donating funds; you will be investing in the future and providing children and families, many of whom face financial and other challenges, with life-enriching, interactive museum experiences. Your gift keeps the doors of Port Discovery open to the public and helps the Museum purchase materials, provide outreach to schools, and so much more. Please consider donating today, and invest in our children and our future!

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Ways to Give

Individual Giving

Admission and membership fees cover only 65% of the Museum’s annual expenses, so contributions from individual donors are critical to providing children and families with innovative museum experiences that inspire joy, creativity and curiosity.

Your Annual Fund gift helps to cover essential materials and services like art and technology supplies, exhibits and public programs, field trips for low-income students, outreach to schools, maintenance of our historic home, and much more. Planned giving options allow you to create a lasting legacy of support and tribute gifts can honor special relationships or memorialize the loss of a loved one. Workplace Giving is another option for support.

Depending on your level of giving your contribution may qualify you for benefits such as:

  • Donor Receptions
  • Discounts on birthday parties and facility rentals
  • Museum Tours
  • Invitations to Exclusive Events and Exhibit Previews   

Annual Fund

The Annual Fund is made up of hundreds of operating gifts from generous individuals, grandparents, families, members, Board, staff and friends like you. 

Your Annual Fund support directly impacts the Museum's daily operations and helps ensure that each and every visitor has a one-of-a kind, interactive experience. This type of ongoing, annual support is the foundation on which Port Discovery has built its reputation as a world-class educational and cultural institution, Maryland's best family museum, and a vibrant resource for the Greater Baltimore community and beyond. 

To maintain and expand our service to the community, support for exhibits, educational programs, and subsidized admission programs is critical. Please consider making your tax-deductible contribution to Port Discovery today.

Tribute Gifts & Memorials

Making a gift to Port Discovery is the perfect way to celebrate someone special in your life. Whether you are recognizing a family member, a favorite teacher, or the memory of a loved one, a tribute gift or memorial provides you with the opportunity to support Port Discovery and recognize someone who has made a difference in your life. 

When you make a gift in honor or in memory of a person, Port Discovery will send a card to your designated recipient informing them of your generous donation. A tax acknowledgment letter will be mailed to you. Celebrate someone you love today.


United Way & Workplace Giving

One of the easiest ways to support Port Discovery is through workplace giving campaigns. 

Through workplace giving campaigns, you can designate a portion of your paycheck to support our efforts to connect purposeful play and learning.

We participate in the following workplace giving campaigns:

  • United Way: code 39040
  • Maryland Charity Campaign: code 6094
  • Combined Federal Campaign: code 70940

Legacy Gifts

Making a legacy gift is a powerful way to demonstrate your lasting support of Port Discovery and its mission to connect purposeful play and learning. Legacy donors share the joy of learning today and for generations to come. There are many creative ways to affirm your commitment through a legacy gift - a bequest, a gift of life insurance, or a charitable gift annuity are just a few of the ways you can have a lasting impact on the future of Port Discovery. 

Legacy gifts may provide unrestricted operating support or can be directed to specific programs and initiatives. For more information about Legacy Giving contact Jennifer Bedon at 410.864.2670 or

Please be sure to consult your attorney, tax advisor and/or financial planner to make certain a planned gift is the right choice for you and your family.

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Jennifer Bedon, VP Development

Gift Form 

Fill out and send to: 
Annual Fund, Port Discovery Children’s Museum 
35 Market Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 

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