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In 1928,  the Kentucky Building - now home to the Kentucky Museum - was established through the fundraising efforts of Kentucky children and their families. Collecting dimes, they proved that even the smallest gift can make a difference - collectively raising over $50,000 (the equivalent of $750,000 in today's money).

The true benefit of their gift - and yours - is the impact it has.  Every dollar you give makes a real difference and helps accomplish the preservation, education, and public access/engagement that are the core of the Kentucky Museum's mission. All of our exhibits, programs, and events are funded solely by sponsors and donors like you.

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

Join the Friends

$5 per year minimum. Learn more here.


Sponsor Programs

No minimum donation. You may sponsor

an exhibit or an educational program.

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:

Artist-in-Residence fund growth

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 or tiffany.isselhardt@wku.edu 





Updated on July 14, 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 7/14/20