Foundation donations support the Museum's vital work

The Australian Museum Foundation (AMF) is an independent legal entity led by a team of Trustees. The AMF raises funds that enable the Australian Museum to excel in scientific research, to help build cultural connections, to offer exceptional exhibitions and educational programs and to acquire significant objects for the collections.

With your help, the AMF will continue to support the exceptional work of our inspiring scientists, explorers and educators as they help to protect Australia and the Pacific’s vital natural and cultural heritage for generations to come.

Engage with us and discover more about important research and unique collections supported by Australian Museum Foundation!

Areas of engagement

The Australian Museum Foundation is a charity organisation that raises a significant percentage of income from non-government sources - therefore your donation is vital in supporting our research, education, and collections.

Engage with us and discover more about important research and unique collections supported by AMF - your support is greatly valued!

Science and Expeditions

Scientists on Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island expedition

Image: Ian Hutton
© Ian Hutton

Lord Howe Island Expedition – funded by Graeme Wood Foundation and AMF donors

A science, research and conservation expedition to benchmark native and introduced animal populations on Lord Howe Island

South Western Pacific Marine Biodiversity Expedition – funded by AMF donors

An expedition to enhance our understanding of the marine biodiversity of outer reefs in the south western Pacific focusing on fishes and invertebrates.

Digi Vol - funded by AMF donors

A program to capture high resolution 3 D visualisations, imagery, text description, and genetic sequence,s for a range of important AM specimens (including types and extinct species) which are then made accessible for researchers and students, world-wide.

Australian Bio-Diversity Research - funded by Mrs Mary Holt and the late Dr John Holt

Identifying refugia for mesic biodiversity in SE Australia under climate change.

Collection acquisition and research

Westpac Long Gallery

Westpac Long Gallery restoration

Image: Daniel Boud
© Australian Museum

Restoration of the historic Westpac Long Gallery - funded by AMF donors

The award winning gallery re-opened during the AM’s 190th anniversary with the 200 Treasures of the Australian Museum

Bilas – Adornment and Identity in PNG – supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Acquisition of elaborate headdresses and body adornments from three cultural communities in Papua New Guinea

mahn (fisherwomen) – supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Major cultural sculptural installation of nawi (canoes) for AM’s Gadi exhibition, about the rich culture of Aboriginal Sydney.
This installation pays respect to Aboriginal women who for a long time were written out of the historical record.

Balun Gilamahla – River Journey Weaving - supported by Patricia Porritt Acquisition Fund

Bringing together Aboriginal weavers living across Bundjalung Nation to create woven canoes and sculptural interwoven objects, showcasing their weaving techniques and a celebration of culture.


Museum in a Box

Museum in a Box program

Image: James Horan
© James Horan Photography

Museum in a Box - supported by Perpetual Nominees

A school loan case with real specimens and teaching resources for use inside schools in rural and remote areas of Australia.

This resource also connects community members in retirement homes and hospitals.

T Rex Autopsy – supported by Memocorp and Stockland

A life size model of an anatomically correct T-Rex which is used as an education tool for visitors to major NSW shopping centres, teaching a broader audience about the anatomy of a dinosaur.

Cultural Engagement

Australian Museum Young Aboriginal Artists’ Fellowship Program


Image: Eliyah Cohen
© Stella Stories

Young Aboriginal Artists’ Fellowship Program - funded by AMF donors

This program provides a unique opportunity for three young Aboriginal artists to undertake a residency in within the AM’s cultural collections. They will be mentored by senior AM Aboriginal /First Nations staff, to inform their artistic practice.

Indigenous Youth Reconnection Program – supported by The Landsdowne Foundation

Through this program, AM cultural collections staff help rebuild links between people in juvenile detention and their Indigenous cultures

Please support the Australian Museum Foundation

To make a donation online, please click on the Donate Online button below.

To make a donation via post, please print the donation form and send it to:
Australian Museum Foundation
1 William Street
Sydney NSW 2010

Or, please print, scan and email the donation form to:

Alternatively you can call our office on (02) 9320 6216.

Ways to support us

Our supporters

The Australian Museum Foundation would like to acknowledge the generous support of our donors in helping us realise our vision as a place of exploration and discovery.

These generous individuals and organisations helped to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum, from scientific research and collections to cultural and education programs.

Foundation Trustees

The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum. The Foundation has a distinguished Board of Trustees including:

Mr Diccon John Robertson Loxton, BA LLB - Chair

Ms Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS - Deputy Chair

Ms Natalia Bradshaw

Mr Warwick Evans, BCom (Eco)

Ms Shauna Jarrett

Ms Virginia Judge, BEd GAICD

Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod

Ms Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO, Australian Museum

Mr John Graham Pearson, BA MA

Mr David G E Rickards

Mr Albert Y Wong AM

Emeritus Governor

Brian Sherman AM

Lifetime Patron

Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE


Ann Macintosh Trust
Chris & Gina Grubb
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
Helen Molesworth
The Paradice Family Foundation
Brian Sherman AM & Dr Gene Sherman AM


Jennifer Crivelli
Graeme Wood Foundation
Mary Holt & the late Dr John Holt
Neilson Foundation

Treasures Circle

Robert Albert AO RFD RD
David & Megan Armstrong
Ben Barham & Gretel Packer
Dr Charles & Mrs Beverly Barnes
The Calvert-Jones Foundation
Carrawa Foundation
Paul Connor
Jennifer Crivelli
Warwick Evans
Lily & Tina Gao & the New Business China Association
Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
Belinda Gibson & Jim Murphy
Peter & Judy Gregg
Chris & Gina Grubb
The Hartzer /Trevor-Jones Family
Prof Ian Hickie
Dr Janice Hirshorn & Dr George Jacobs
The John & Frances Ingham Foundation
Warwick & Ann Johnson
The John Spencer Dickinson Family
Virginia Judge & daughters Cecily, Theresa, Rebecca & Dr Patrick Tooth
Keith & Maureen Kerridge
Chris & Belinda Knierim
Jim Lennon in Honour of Jean Lennon
Lindblad Expeditions
Catherine Livingstone AO & Michael Satterthwaite
Diccon & Elizabeth Loxton
Alasdair & Prue MacLeod
The Macquarie Group Foundation
Memocorp Australia Pty Ltd
The Moore Family
Jacqui & John Mullen
William Murray & Gretel Packer
The Nelson Family
Francesca Packer Barham & Gretel Packer
The Paradice Family Foundation
The Patterson Pearce Foundation
The Purcell Family Endowment Fund in Honour of Mrs Lorna McClelland
Robert Purves AM
Billie Rose & Warwick Evans
Professor Jan Scott & her friends Jack, Sissi, Coquohalla & Otis
Penelope Seidler AM
Albert Y Wong AM & Sophie Wong
Fengjun Zhu

President's Circle

Robert Albert AO RFD RD
Claude & Maryanne Gauchat
Bill & Alison Hayward
The Horizon Foundation
Bruce Jenkins
Judy Lee
Rendere Trust – Jim Phillipson
Robert Rich

Director's Club

Sir Ron Brierley
Maile & Charles Carnegie
Margot & Stephanie Chinneck
JIBB Family Foundation
Kim McKay AO
Alice Arnott Oppen OAM
Sherman Foundation
Vonwiller Foundation


Hugh Allen
Bill & Annette Blinco
Natalia Bradshaw
R & P Cassidy
Phillip Cornwell
Mr Trevor Danos AM & Dr Veronica Lambert
Margaret & Peter Donovan
Fivex Pty Ltd
Susan Foster
Dr Elie Hammam
Peter Homel & Louise Taggart
Howard H W
Prof Rebecca Johnson
Eugenia Langley
Leathan Family
Helen McCombie
Bill Manos
Suzanne G Meli
Eveline Milne
Drs Jane & Neville Rowden
Drs Jean & Evan Siegel
Fiona Sinclair
Maisy Stapleton
Christopher & Fiona Still
John Stitt
Christina Stitt-Ditfurth
Martin Terry
Vera Vargassoff
Wendy Walker
Dr Tony & Mrs Doffy White
Ray Wilson OAM
Darren Yong & Connie Chaird


Antoinette Albert
James & Belinda Allen
Ken & Roddy Bell
Christine Bishop
John Buttle
Carrawa Foundation
Hugh Dixson
Edward Griffin
Dr Gary Holmes & Dr Anne Reeckman
John Leece AM
Howard Lewis
The Hon Justice Jane Mathews AO
John Pearson & Mark Clark
Tim Regan
David Robb
David & Daniela Shannon
Mrs Diana Southwell-Keely
Ross Steele AM
Tehmi Sukhla
Anne Sullivan
Robin Torrence
Sara Watts
Wavish Family Foundation
Stephen Wilson


Lauren Atmore
Dinah Beeston
John Benaud
Jane Bridge
Elizabeth Cameron
John Cameron
Chikako Carter
Caroline Crane
Roma Gillam
Dr Ronnie Harding
Nicholas Hill
Fiona James
Warwick Klabe
Elaine Macdonald
Ross McNair & Robin Richardson
Ros Madden
Bradd Morelli
Shanthini Naidoo
Bruce Norton
John Richardson
Frank & Judith Robertson
Dr Susan Ryerson
Jacinta Spurrett
Francis Walsh


Gordon Darling Foundation
Lansdowne Foundation
The Lionel & Yvonne Spencer Trust


Estate of the late Clarence E Chadwick
Estate of the late Eileen Silk
Estate of the late Gwendoline A West
Estate of the late Jacqueline Heather Field
Estate of the late Jean Marjorie Edgecombe
Estate of the late Jessie Campbell Wise
Estate of the late Merrill Pye
Estate of the late Patricia M Porritt
Estate of the late Phillip Jack
Estate of the late William S Tatlow

Gifts to AM Collections

Steven & Janine Avery
Ursula Burgoyne
Sam & Louise Dawson
Rod & Robyn Dent in honour of Pat Dent & the Wanindilyaugwa tribe
Charles M Ellias
The late Paul L Fischer
John L Gordon
Robin Guthrie
Mark Hanlon
J Holliday
The late John Hume
Raymond Kirby AO & Mrs Deirdre Kirby
Roger Langmead
David Leece
Leighton Llewellyn
James McColl
Mineralogical Society of NSW Inc
Dr Max Moulds
George & Edna Oakes
Dorothy O’Reilly
John Rankin
Dr William Rieger
John Rohde
Paul Scully-Power AM
Michael Shea
Trevor Shearston
The late Muriel Snell
George Stacey
Prof Gunther Theischinger
The late Margaret Tuckson
David Twine
Janet Walker

Contact us

If you’d like to know more about the Foundation and our programs, we'd love to speak with you.

Please contact the Development team on (02) 9320 6216, or through the enquiry form below.

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