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Shape the future of our world: Leave a legacy with a gift in your will

Discover the fulfilment of igniting tomorrow’s minds, today.

What will a child visiting the Science Museum today go on to do?

Will they journey through our Exploring Space gallery and be inspired to become an astronautical engineer?

Will they become immersed in Wonderlab’s Chemistry Bar and gain a lifelong passion for ideas and innovation?

Will they follow in the footsteps of Albert Einstein and discover a world-changing theory?

Will they be inspired to find a solution to the damaging effects of climate change or find a cure for a deadly disease?

Leaving a gift to the Science Museum in your will can help make these futures happen.

What your gift can help achieve

Our unique collection, spaces and visitor experiences connect people with science to drive a better understanding of our world and shape a better future.

Did you know that the Science Museum Group is only currently able to display 3% of its world-class collection in its museums and through touring exhibitions?

By leaving us a gift in your will, you can help us display more of our collection, allowing millions to marvel at the heritage that will continue to shape our world and inspire future generations.

Ever since our earliest origins in 1851, we have showcased world-changing discoveries that have inspired some of the greatest thinkers and pioneers of all time—from Stephen Hawking to Helen Sharman, David Attenborough and Tim Peake. They all discovered their passion for science within the Science Museum’s walls.

Who will your legacy inspire?

Science and technology are now shaping our world and our lives more than ever.

We want future generations to walk through our museum, visit one of our touring exhibitions or discover our collection online, and be inspired to challenge the ideas and facts of today to change tomorrow for the better.

The Science Museum is a charity. We need generous people who share this passion for advancement to ensure we can continue our mission for hundreds more years to come.

The world we live in was Albert Einstein’s future world.

At the beginning of the 20th century he developed his theory of relativity, which had a profound effect on physics and changed perceptions of the universe.

Your gift can help to inspire the Einsteins of the future—what will they discover?

How to join us in shaping the future

​​To start a conversation that can transform the lives of millions, please contact:

Amanda Crofts
+44 (0)20 7942 4028
amanda.crofts@sciencemuseum.ac.uk

We appreciate your decision is highly personal, so you do not have to inform us of your gift. However, we would like the opportunity to thank you and show you how your gift will make a difference.

How you can leave a gift to us in your will

Leaving a gift to the Science Museum in your will is simple to arrange.

There are a number of options you might consider. After you have looked after those closest to you, you may wish to arrange for us to receive:

  • A share of your estate—this is called a residuary gift
  • A sum of money—this is called a pecuniary gift
  • A specific item, such as property, shares or personal items

Many of our supporters like to leave a small share of whatever is left after they have looked after those closest to them.

This will ensure that the value of the gift is protected by inflation and that your loved ones will still receive what you intended.

If you would like to leave a gift in this way, the following wording can be adapted by your solicitor:

‘I give to the Board of Trustees, the Science Museum Group of Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD, on behalf of the Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD, [proportion of residue] for its general purposes and I direct that the receipt of the Treasurer or other duly authorised officer shall be a sufficient discharge to my Executors.’

If you wish to make a gift in any other way please refer to us in your will as:

Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD

We always advise that you seek independent professional advice when writing your will, to ensure that your estate will be distributed in accordance with your wishes.

If there is anything specific you are considering, please talk to us as we can offer you advice and support on how you can arrange your gift.