Donate to the Museum

We have different ways to donate!

We rely on the generosity and support of individuals like you who value our mission and vision for the museum.  To donate to the Pax Museum, providing resources for exhibits and programming, please use this PayPal link:

Donate to support the next generation of Naval Aviation through the ACES Scholarship Program

The Founders’ ACES (Achieving, Contributing, Engaging, Succeeding) Scholarship Program honors the memories of key individuals in the establishment and growth of the new Patuxent River Naval Air Museum and the Association.



The scholarships are awarded to students or prospective admitted students admitted in regionally accredited colleges, universities, or trade schools who are or intend to be preparing for careers in science, technology, engineering, or math majors with an emphasis on aviation, or for careers in trades related to the maintenance or operation of aircraft. Preference is given to students who express a commitment to and evidence of a pathway to Naval Aviation, either directly or through supportive organizations and contractors.



Each year, the careers and contributions of one or more individuals who have been key to the establishment and growth of the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum will be featured to serve as positive examples in the promotion and awarding of the scholarship.



The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in a program type referenced above. Support this program here:



Adopt an Aircraft

The museum’s Adopt an Aircraft program allows individuals, businesses/corporations, and organizations to support the restoration and ongoing maintenance of the historic planes maintained by the museum.

All adopters will be recognized with a plaque in front of the adopted aircraft and their names (or the names of people or organizations they want to honor), on the museum website and in its newsletter for 12 months.

You can donate, too.


Donations to the program are dedicated to the museum’s aircraft maintenance and restoration program and museum operations.

There may be more than one adopter for any aircraft. The adoption confers no rights or obligations on the adopter, aside from the benefits specified for the adoption level and the amount of the donation to be designated as having adopted the aircraft. All adoption donations are deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law


Platinum                      $25,000

Gold                            $10,000

Silver                           $5,000

Bronze                         $1,000

Family                         $500

The Adopt-an-Aircraft program has taken off with donations for four planes so far:


  • Clark Jones
  • Kenneth Carlton
  • Thomas Myers
  • Jerome Gehrig
  • Gunder Creager
  • Robert Glasser
  • John Walters
  • VADM Joseph Dyer


  • Lockheed-Martin Corporation


  • The Eggert Family


  • Arne Bruflat
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George McWilliams Naval Aviation in Space Mural Restoration Project

Thank you for your generous support of our mural restoration project over the past two years. Your donations have made all the difference in our progress. To date, we have collectively raised over $85,000 towards the mural’s conservation!

In July of 2020, the museum was awarded a grant for $47,000 from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority which, along with your contributions, will bring us closer to our goal.

The large 12′-20′ painting is now in the expert hands of Olin Conservation, Inc., and the Virginia-based team is hard at work restoring the mural to its original glory.

The George McWilliams mural is an important part of Pax River’s history and heritage. When we take action to preserve our heritage, we preserve our identity, honoring the culture and history unique to our area. We are proud of how far we have come in securing the care and conservation of this important cultural asset.

As we continue efforts to complete the restoration and undertake the installation of the mural within the museum, we need your support to help us cross the finish line. If you want to learn more about the project, please feel free to reach out at 301-863-1900 or send an email:  To donate, please follow the Go Fund Me link below.