Volunteer

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village offers a variety of volunteer opportunities.  It truly does take a village to make something happen.  We have volunteer and docent programs for all levels and abilities.  If you would like to receive information on how to become a volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via phone, or email at fortmuseumtours@gmail.com.


Membership

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village is a private museum that functions primarily on donations and memberships.  A membership is active for one calendar year. 

Individual Membership

By becoming a member you get to not only receive free admission to The Fort Museum and Frontier Village, but also many other benefits, including:

  • 5% off event admission at the Fort Museum and Frontier Opera House (excluding Frontier Days)

  • 10% discount in our Trading Post Gift Shop

  • Subscription to quarterly newsletter

  • Free or discounted admission to more than 200 other museums across the country through the Time Travelers Program. For a full list of participating museums, click HERE.

Single ($50): Single membership includes unlimited self-guided tour admission for one person, one guided tour during tour season that MUST be booked at least 48 hours in advance, and one free rink pass (skates not included).

Single Parent ($60): Single Parent membership includes unlimited self-guided tour admission for one parent and all children under the age of 16, one guided tour during tour season that MUST be booked at least 48 hours in advance, and one free rink pass (skates not included), and one child admission to our week long day camps (good for one week w/ one child).

Family ($75): Family membership includes unlimited self-guided tour admission for two parents and all children under the age of 16, one guided tour during tour season that MUST be booked at least 48 hours in advance, and one free rink pass (skates not included), and one child admission to our week long day camps (good for one week w/ one child).

Grandparent ($65): Grandparent membership includes unlimited self-guided tour admission for two grandparents and up to four grandchildren under the age of 16, one guided tour during tour season that MUST be booked at least 48 hours in advance, and one free rink pass (skates not included), and one child admission to our week long day camps (good for one week and one child).

BUSINESS Membership

All Business Memberships include the following benefits:

  • Subscription to the quarterly newsletter

  • Free or discounted admission to other members of the Time Travelers program

  • Your business name displayed on our “Friends of the Museum” board in the Trading Post Gift Shop where it will be seen by all who visit the museum

Second Lieutenant ($100-300): All employees receive a discount of $2 off admission to the Fort Museum and Frontier Village with proof of employment in the form of a business card. Your business will receive a 10% off discount on Opera House rentals for meetings and holiday parties.

Captain ($301-500): All employees receive a discount of $2 off admission to the Fort Museum and Frontier Village with proof of employment in the form of a business card. Your business will receive a 10% off discount on Opera House rentals for meetings and holiday parties. All employees will also receive a 10% off discount in our Trading Post gift shop.

Major ($501-700): All employees receive a discount of $2 off admission to the Fort Museum and Frontier Village with proof of employment in the form of a business card. Your business will receive a 15% off discount on Opera House rentals for meetings and holiday parties. All employees will also receive a 10% off discount in our Trading Post gift shop.

Brigadier General ($701+): All employees receive a discount of $2 off admission to the Fort Museum and Frontier Village with proof of employment in the form of a business card. Your business will receive a 20% off discount on Opera House rentals for meetings and holiday parties. All employees will also receive a 10% off discount in our Trading Post gift shop.

Checks can be made payable to the Fort Museum.
Please mail form & payment to
Attn: Memberships
Fort Museum
1 Museum Rd
Fort Dodge, IA, 50501


If you would like to make a one time donation please click the button below.  If you would like more information on how to pledge a monthly donation, please contact us!

One Time Donation

Planned Giving

The most familiar planned giving options include:

  • Wills and Bequests: These are the easiest and most common legacy gifts, and usually involve naming the The Fort Museum and Frontier Village as a beneficiary in your will or trust. Types of bequests may include a specific amount or a specific asset, a percentage of your estate or trust, or the balance of your estate or trust after gifts to other beneficiaries have been made.

  • Charitable Remainder Trust: A legal trust is created providing you and/or your loved one(s) a regular fixed payment for a specified period of time or for life. Income, capital gains, and/or estates taxes can be reduced or eliminated. At the conclusion of the period of time, or upon your death, the remaining assets within the trust transfer to the The Fort Museum and Frontier Village.

  • Charitable Gift Annuity: This is similar to Charitable Trusts, but simpler. With a charitable gift annuity, you transfer cash or marketable securities to The Fort Museum and Frontier Village and, in return, The Fort Museum and Frontier Village issues an annuity contract to pay a fixed payment for life to you and/or your beneficiary. Upon your or your beneficiary’s death, the fund transfers to benefit The Fort Museum and Frontier Village.

  • Gifts of Life Insurance: There are a number of ways to utilize life insurance as a planned giving tool. The most common include, but are not limited to, donating a policy’s accumulated cash value, listing The Fort Museum and Frontier Village as a beneficiary, or assigning ownership of a policy listing The Fort Museum and Frontier Village as that policy’s beneficiary.

  • Gifts of Appreciated Stock: Making a gift of appreciated securities can provide you with significant tax benefits. One benefit is that you do not pay the capital gains tax on the appreciation that otherwise would have been required had you first sold the stock and then made a cash gift

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You can now support the Fort Museum with every online purchase made through Amazon.com!

1) Go to Smile.Amazon.com

2) Scroll down to “Pick your own charitable organization”

3) Search for “Fort Dodge Historical Foundation”

4) Click “Select”.

The museum will receive 0.5% of your purchase from eligible purchases. It costs nothing and will not add anything to your purchase price- we simply get a percentage! It’s a great way to support the museum from home.