BMNSM COVID-19 Emergency Relief

The Coronavirus just erased all our best-laid plans.  The Museum has no admission income and no store sales, but we still have 493 mouths to feed and 20 amazing employees to support.  If you are able, we sure could use your help.


We opened our new Aquarium exhibits on March 1st.  We had to close the Museum on March 16th.  This should have been our busiest time of year providing income for the slower months.  We know we’ll have a massive cash shortfall.  


And yet,


  •  Our animals still need to be fed and cared for.
  •  We have the best group of employees I’ve ever had the pleasure to direct in my 30+ years as a Director.  We need to keep them.


Your gift today will help us ensure that our people and animals are still here and healthy whenever we’re able to safely reopen.


Wishing you good health,


Dorrie Hipschman

Executive Director



P.S. – Even closed, it costs about $100,000 to run the Museum each month.  
Your gift can help close the gap.


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