Establishment of the museum was made possible by a generous long-term donation from Judy and Michael Steinhardt, visionary philanthropists, true and loyal friends of the Natural world, the Jewish people and the State of Israel, founding benefactors of the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.
With assistance from:
The Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education
The Ministry of Environmental Protection
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development
The Ministry of Tourism
The Ministry of Science and Technology
The Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage
Keren Kayemet Le’Israel – The Jewish National Fund
Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Yad Hanadiv Foundation (Rothschild Foundation)
Dan David Foundation
Ted Arison Foundation, USA
Millie Phillips, Australia
Nathaile Kerber, France
Eva & Les Erdi Humanitarian Charitable Foundation, Australia
Israel & Louis Sheinman, Canada
Rita & Chaim Filler, Brazil
Heinrich Mendelssohn, founder of Tel Aviv University, founder of the Zoological Museum and a pioneer of nature conservation in Israel.
The museum operates under the auspices of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities.