The Science of Giving 2014

We are lucky to receive funding from the government. But the amount that we receive has been reduced since 2010, leaving a gap in our funding.


We’re extremely grateful for the generosity of our visitors and hope that you would like to support the Science Museum by making a gift today.

We’re proud to be the home for the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive. Puffing Billy is one of our greatest treasures, backed and funded by the generosity of one man. We’ve been able to keep this important piece of history on display for all to see and learn its historical context. But conservation, storytelling and education costs money.

You can support the Museum by making a donation online

You can also donate by text, by texting SCIENCE to 70300 to give £3.

The colliery owner who gave his financial support to make Puffing Billy possible funded innovation and invested in the future. By supporting the Museum you can also play your part in sparking new ideas and changing the way we look at the world.

The Science Museum Group will receive 100% of your donation. You will be charged for one standard text message plus your donation. Always get the bill payers permission. If you don't want the Science Museum to contact you by text in future, add the words NO INFO (e.g. SCIENCE NO INFO) when texting your donation.