Our community of donors and corporate partners comes together to present awards to visiting notables, distinguished researchers, and the stars behind the scene. In addition to frequent exhibit previews and Museum dinner opportunities for members of our giving societies (The Explorers, The Innovators, The Discoverers, the Washburn Society, and more), the Museum annually presents the following special events:
Washburn Award — Presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution toward public understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in our lives
Walker Prize — Recognizing meritorious published investigation and discovery in any scientific field
Annual Giving Societies — Opportunities for members of our Annual Fund giving societies to experience new exhibits and programs before they open to the public
Chairman's Circle — Biennial dinner for the Museum’s most generous benefactors: individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and government entities whose cumulative gifts and pledges total seven figures or greater
Women in Science and Engineering — Biannual luncheon forum enables an audience of interested women to hear about the research and experiences of distinguished female scientists and engineers
Colby Society — Honoring our philanthropic leaders, donors whose lifetime giving to the Museum of Science is in excess of $100,000
Washburn Society — Annual luncheon event for those who have included the Museum in their wills or estate plans, or who have otherwise conducted life income arrangements with the institution
The Innovators — Four annual events for the next generation of Museum leaders, philanthropists, and volunteers
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