For more than 150 years, the MSU Museum has cared for the natural and cultural heritage of the people of Michigan, linking with the community through public programs and research. Our exhibits connect people with the past—and with new experiences, knowledge, and ideas. The museum is a hub for discussion and debate, a unique institution revealing the best of the past, while helping shape the best of the future.
The MSU Museum seek to raise $5.5 million in the Empower Extraordinary campaign. We will achieve this goal with a mix of endowment and annual funds.
To date we have raised $7.0 million, but more private support is needed to achieve our full potential and propel this great university forward.
“While many people think of a museum as collections and exhibitions, it’s much more than that. At the MSU Museum, our mission is to excite minds about science, culture, and our shared future.”
The MSU Museum offers an accessible and welcoming showplace in which to display our collections and the scholarly work of the university. Comprehensive natural science collections and the university's most extensive and diverse cultural collections offer fascinating opportunities for exhibits, educational opportunities, and research. While our future will always include collections, we are about ideas more than objects. We are presently exploring new ways of learning and sharing MSU's vast knowledge with the world, using the rapid advances of communications and digital technology to connect new audiences to our wealth of subjects and ideas.
Exhibits offer visitors a platform for engagement and a point of intersection on which we can build community on the MSU campus, in Michigan, or—through digital technology—with people around the world. Moreover, our community events bring people together to discover and learn. Events and projects make the museum an inviting gateway to MSU and, for some visitors, a critical first step to higher education. Every year, boys and girls who tour our halls may later become the first person in their families to go to college. Other young people will find that their life's work was first sparked by something they encountered in our museum.