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What is AMOS doing during COVID-19 Crisis?

This current crisis has certainly impacted our ability to deliver quality STEM education to area educators, students and their families, as AMOS has had to close the museum to the public. However, AMOS remains operational and a significant partner in helping our children continue quality education while schools have cancelled classes and field trips. Our focus has shifted to interactive, online learning; web videos; and daily doses of science, including ideas for hands-on, inquiry-based science activities that can be recreated at home with common household items. Providing quality STEM education to our area must continue and we know it will do so with support from the great community who has built AMOS and helped us get this far.

During the current COVID-19 pandemic, AMOS will continue to be a strong partner for members, community educators, children and their families. Support for educators, children and parents include:

Additionally, AMOS is taking this time as an opportunity to provide upkeep, maintenance and updates to our exhibits and curriculum, including:

Your support of ongoing and essential educational programming will ensure that our community’s students do not fall prey to a “summer slide” during the middle of a school year; that quality STEM education continues to be provided and utilized by schools, students and families; and that educators and schools have reliable partners in the support of education.


Ways to Support

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, AMOS relies on community support. Our donors, corporate sponsors, volunteers, and members enable us to be Western North Carolina’s home for experiential science learning, discovery, and exploration.

Choose a Donor Level:

Friends – $100

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • 100% of your donation is tax deductible

Explorers – $250

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • 1 Free Membership*
  • $225 of the $250 donation is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

Rovers Club – $500

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • Free Family Membership (all members in your household)*
  • $400 of the $500 donation is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

Adventurers Society – $1,000

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • Free Family Membership (all members in your household)*
  • Receive an additional 8 free passes to the museum to share however you wish with friends and family
  • $844 of the $1000 donation is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

Discovery Circle – $2,500

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • Free Family Membership (all members in your household)*
  • Receive an additional 12 free passes to the museum to share however you wish with friends and family
  • Receive a $50 gift voucher for use in our Museum Store (cannot be combined w/additional discounts)
  • $2254 of the $2500 donation is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

Pioneer Partners – $5,000

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • Free Family Membership (all members in your household)*
  • One additional Family Membership to share as a gift
  • Receive 20 free passes to the museum to share however you wish with friends and family
  • Host one birthday or private party event at the museum
  • Receive a $100 gift voucher for use in our Museum Store (cannot be combined w/additional discounts)
  • $4290 of the $5000 donation is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

Patrons of the Sciences – $10,000

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • Free Family Membership (all members in your household)*
  • Two additional Family Memberships to share as gifts
  • Receive 30 free passes to the museum to share however you wish with friends and family
  • Host one birthday or private party event at the museum
  • Receive a $200 gift voucher for use in our Museum Store (cannot be combined w/additional discounts)
  • $9010 of the $10000 donation is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

Colburn Benefactors – $20,000

  • Inclusion in our annual report for 2020
  • Free Family Membership (all members in your household)*
  • Four additional Family Memberships to share as gifts
  • Receive 40 free passes to the museum to share however you wish with friends and family
  • Host one birthday or private party event at the museum
  • Receive a $300 gift voucher for use in our Museum Store (cannot be combined w/additional discounts)
  • $18630 of the $20000 is tax deductible OR
  • You may ask that 100% of your donation be accepted by opting out of the free membership benefits

* Museum Member Benefits

  • Free admission to AMOS for 1 full year (valid from date of purchase)
  • Receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store on all purchases as well as discounts on select programming, events and exhibits
  • Early registration and/or discounts available for special programs and camps
  • Free or discounted admission to Science and Technology Centers that participate in the ASTC Passport Program. Please visit www.astc.org for program rules and a list of participating centers.
  • Receive a 50% off discount admission rate at the WNC Nature Center & and at the Hands-On Museum in Johnson City, TN
  • Discounts available at Chimney Rock State Park
  • Receive updates through our E-Newsletter

Each sponsorship level is for the support of our education programs. Click here to go to our donation page and choose your level!


How does an investment in AMOS provide an investment for our present and our future?

One child’s visit

Our cost for one child’s admission to the museum comes to $20; however, we only charge $7 per child, per visit. A 65% value of every child’s visit is subsidized and/or supported by donor revenue. And most of that donor revenue comes from individual contributions.

Summer or Winter Camp Series

A $60 donation can pay for a scholarship to our STEM Camp. Help a family in need send their child to our educational camp program!

After-School Programming

A $100 donation pays for one session of After School programming, including supplies and educator time.

Educational Supplies

A donation of $250 helps pay for supplies for our innovative science classes (for preschool through 8th grade level students).

Class Field Trip

A $500 sponsorship provides the cost for one classroom for a field trip to the museum!

In School Science Learning

A $2,000 sponsorship provides our cost to send educators to visit schools for a week of in school, hands-on science learning.

New Exhibits

A donation of $10,000 or more would help develop new programs and new, up to date exhibits. We are working to raise money now for a new weather and climate exhibit.

Expanding In School Education

Our goal of $100,000 is to expand our in school education program to the entire WNC region. This will cover the cost of two educators, supplies, and also give AMOS the ability to expand its footprint beyond Buncombe County; being more visibly seen as Western North Carolina’s premier destination for experiential science learning, discovery, and exploration!

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU can also support us by choosing to donate a portion of your Amazon purchases when you shop through AmazonSmile?! Its easy to choose us as your organization   for Amazon’s charity program.

Interested in a corporate sponsorship? Join our SCIENCE CIRCLE!

Make your mark on one of our exhibits, events or programs through a corporate sponsorship. All sponsors receive a name and logo recognition in print as well as digital promotions reaching 100,000+ active audience members!


Volunteer

Do you enjoy interacting with museum guests, assisting in retail, helping with special events or simply sharing your skills and knowledge with others? We have volunteer opportunities for a wide range of skill sets! Click here to learn more.

Become a member

Whether you purchase a membership for your own family or as a gift for someone else, your membership is what sustains us as a museum. Click here to become a part of the AMOS family.