NHM visitors fall in love all the time. To encourage amorous attachment, we’ve chosen more than 250 Objects of Affection from our NHM Next galleries and gardens to offer for sponsorship.

They range from the California bush snapdragon, which will attract hummingbirds to the North Campus, to a 55-million-year-old ancestral lemur in Age of Mammals. Priced from $1,000 - $250,000, funds will support NHM ongoing programs including free school visits. Gifts below $1,000 celebrate the finding, sorting, and conserving of NHM collections. Be recognized in the Grand Foyer, or on our website, as an NHM donor. But make haste! Don’t suffer the heartbreak of your Object of Affection running off with someone else.

Your gift will be used to support ongoing programs at NHM including:

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NHM Next

A campaign to reinvent the Natural History Museum as a 21st Century Museum.

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Field Collector

Scientists and historians explore nature and culture all over the world, then bring findings back to NHM.

$100

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Specimen Sorter

These scientists and historians sort, conserve, and curate the objects and specimens that come into NHM.

$250

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Collections Keeper

$500

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Collections Keeper

Our collections staff is charged with preserving our treasures–3.5 million growing–in perpetuity.

$500

or quarterly payments of $125

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Morenosaur Gastrolith: A Sea Monster Mystery!

Stones in this ancient sea reptile's belly are thought to be for either grinding food, or ballast for diving.

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Dinosaur Hall

$1,000

or quarterly payments of $250

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Ornithopod Finger Bone: You're Handy

It’s fossils like this that indicate birds evolved from, and are still a part of, the therapod dinosaurs. 

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Dinosaur Hall

$1,500

or quarterly payments of $375

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Corythosaurus Skin Impression 2

$10,000

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Corythosaurus Skin Impression 2

This remarkably-preserved specimen reveals the look and texture of a 76-74 million year old hadrosaur.

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Dinosaur Hall

$10,000

or quarterly payments of $2,500

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Extinct Marten Jaw: Pop Goes the Weasel

Martens are small tree-dwelling predators related to weasels. This one lived in nearby Red Rock Canyon.

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Age of Mammals

$1,000

or quarterly payments of $250

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Dire Wolf Skull: The Tar Pits' Favorite

Dire wolves are the most abundant large large animal fossils from the La Brea Tar Pits!

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Age of Mammals

$5,000

or quarterly payments of $1,250

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Door Squeak Device: Open the Door to Hollywood

Movie makers used this creeeeaky noisemaker when they wanted to sonically creep everyone out.

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Rotunda

$1,000

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

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Bicycle Bell: Briiiiiing It On

$1,000

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Bicycle Bell: Briiiiiing It On

This noisemaker from an early animation studio would surely leave your ears ringing.

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Rotunda

$1,000

or quarterly payments of $250

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

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Nodosaur Armor Plating: T. rex Protective Gear

This "dermal scute" comes from the back of an armored dinosaur, and kept predators like the T. rex at bay.

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Dinosaur Hall

$1,000

or quarterly payments of $250

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Ancient Whale's Last Meal: Fossil Stomach Bolus

This fish dinner from more than 42 million years ago was found in an abandoned cotton field in Mississippi!

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Age of Mammals

$1,000

or quarterly payments of $250

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

St. Catherine's Lace 3: Oh Holy Bush

The large, white flowery bush inspires wedding dresses, tablecloths, and doilies.

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Nature Gardens

$1,500

or quarterly payments of $375

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Mountain Mahogany 2

$2,500

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Mountain Mahogany 2

Early Native Americans used the hard, twisted wood and bark to brew medicinal teas and whittle spearheads and bows.

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Nature Gardens

$2,500

or quarterly payments of $625

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K-T Block: A Moment in Time

$25,000

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K-T Block: A Moment in Time

The K-T extinction event—a.k.a. the end of the Age of Dinosaurs—is captured in this remarkable rock slab.

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Dinosaur Hall

$25,000

or quarterly payments of $6,250

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Your gift will be recognized with a permanent gallery plaque near your object and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your "object love letter."

Thescelosaurus Vertebra: The Little Vegetarian

In addition to this backbone, there is also a full mount of this small herbivore in our new Dinosaur Hall. 

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Dinosaur Hall

$2,500

or quarterly payments of $625

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Primitive Dolphin Skull: Real Fossils of Orange County

This 15-million-year-old Laguna Hills specimen represents an ancient relative of modern dolphins!

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Age of Mammals

$2,500

or quarterly payments of $625

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Your gift will be recognized on this website and on a digital display in the Grand Foyer featuring your name, a photo of your object, and your "object love letter."

Flannel Bush 2: A Model Bloomer

$1,000

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Flannel Bush 2: A Model Bloomer

The 10-foot-tall beauty's yellow-orange flower ensemble suits our chic, urban wilderness runway.

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Nature Garden

$1,000

or quarterly payments of $250

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