Sir Michael Hintze has supported a major renovation of the Australian Museum (AM), designed to transform the museum and to realise its vision to be a leading voice for the richness of life, the earth, and culture in Australia and the Pacific.
The AUD$5 million contribution, agreed by the Hintze Family Charitable Foundation in November 2019, is one of the largest donations of its kind in the museum’s nearly 200-year history. In recognition of the gift, the museum’s new grand hall space opened as part of the redevelopment effort will be named Hintze Hall.
Sir Michael has been associated with the Australian Museum since his childhood when he was an enthusiastic member of the Discoverers Club, an education program founded in 1965 where school students could engage with the museum’s collections, exhibitions and attend fieldtrips with the curators.
Speaking about his decision to support the redevelopment of the museum, Sir Michael said:
“As a young boy the Australian Museum instilled in me an intellectual curiosity. It is a vital institution, deepening everyone’s understanding of the nation’s history through the lens of culture and science. I hope it will help to preserve our culture, history and the AM’s research excellence for many generations to come.”
Australian Museum Director and CEO, Kim McKay said:
“Private support ensures that the AM fulfills its potential and can share its scholarship and discovery with the nation and the global community into the future. Only through generous contributions can the AM achieve the vision of its strategic plan, mount dynamic exhibitions, develop educational programs that excite learning and conduct and share vital research and knowledge.”