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In 1928, the College Heights Foundation sent dime banks to schools across Kentucky. With the slogan, "A Dime Makes a Stock Holder," the Kentucky Building - now home to the Kentucky Museum - was established through the fundraising efforts of schoolchildren from across Kentucky. 

While the Kentucky Museum receives financial support from Western Kentucky University for its staffing and administrative needs, all of our exhibits, programs, and collections care is supported by people like you. 

Ready to make a gift? Click on the button below for the area you wish to support.

Join the Friends

$50 per year minimum. Learn more here.

Sponsor Programs

No minimum donation.

Adopt an Artifact

See below for more information.

Support Free Admission

No minimum donation.



Adopt an Artifact

Want to help protect our collections and ensure they continue to be used in exhibits, classroom close studies, and research projects?

Adopt one! You can make a one-time gift or make monthly payments for the artifact of your choosing.

Adoption levels:

  • $20 - 1 artifact in Political Memorabilia
  • $30 - 1 artifact in Toys and Games
  • $50 - 1 artifact in Sports
  • $100 - 1 artifact in Business, Dolls, Music, or Science & Technology
  • $250 - 1 artifact in Fine, Folk, and Decorative Arts
  • $500 - 1 artifact in Quilts and Historic Textiles
  • $1,000 - 1 Historic Costume

Want to adopt a specific artifact? Click here for the list of artifacts available for adoption and include the Object ID in the "notes" section of the online form or your check.


Endowments and Planned Giving

Want to see your gift maximized for years to come?

Endowments, established through one-time, multi-year or planned estate giving, ensure that we have the resources to serve our community. Endowments can support any area of the Museum. Our wish list for endowments includes:

Museum Opportunity Fund (student scholarships)

Curatorial Fund for Excellence (named curator)

To discuss these opportunities, please call Tiffany Isselhardt at 270-745-3369.


Have questions? Please contact Tiffany Isselhardt, Development and Marketing Manager, at 270-745-3369 ortiffany.isselhardt@wku.edu 





We Are Collecting!

The Kentucky Museum is especially interested in acquiring: historic clothing & textiles, especially quilts, political memorabilia, toys and games, and fine, folk, and decorative arts. The Kentucky Museum Collections Committee reviews potential donations to see if they meet our criteria for acceptance. 
If you have artifacts that you believe would add to the Kentucky's Museum's collection, use the donation form on this website to transmit a description of your proposed donation. If you are unable to complete the online form, contact the Kentucky Museum Collection Curator by E-MAIL or call 270-745-6260.





Updated on March 18, 2020


Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! All contributions to the Kentucky Museum are 100% tax deductible. The WKU Foundation will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

Yes. Please follow the instructions in our online form or contact WKU Advancement Services, 270-745-6208, for assistance.

No! You are free to define your own generosity. 

However, if you wish to receive Friends benefits, your gift to the Friends (634005) must be a minimum of $50.

Yes. Please mark your gift as anonymous when donating online, or enclose instructions with your check.

Yes! In the online form, you will need to complete the “Matching Gift Information” section for us to process your employer match. If you wish to give via check, please contact WKU Advancement Services, 270-745-6208, for assistance.


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 Last Modified 3/18/20