The Bible Museum operates on a small tight budget and sometimes finds it hard to make ends meet to pay operating expenses, such as utility bills. These shortfalls in funds are made up by personal donations from the volunteers who run the Bible Museum. Income is generated from personal contributions from visitors and friends of the museum, sales from our small shop, and small Government grants.
The Bible Museum is a non profit charity, registered with the Australian Government Charities Commission (12873139250). It is run entirely by volunteers and its main aim is to promote the Bible to the general public in a non denominational setting. Scroll down the page to read our constitution.
All donations, no matter how small, are therefore very gratefully received. Your donation will go directly towards running the museum or purchasing interesting new items for the collection and displays. If you wish to make a donation towards a particular item, please specify this.
How to Donate
Donations can be made by internet bank transfer, Paypal, cheque (made out to the Bible Museum) or money order.
Donate by bank transfer: Account Name: The Bible Museum
Bank: ANZ BSB: 013792 Account Number: 212075661
International bank transfer: Swift code: ANZBAU3M
ANZ Branch Details: St Arnaud Branch, 86 Napier Street, St Arnaud, 3478, Victoria, Australia
The full objects of the museum are set out below, in our constitution.
Extract from the Constitution (2013) of the Bible Museum:
2 Statement of Purpose
The objects for which the Association is established are all or any of the following –
2.1 to further public knowledge and understanding of the Bible (Old and New Testaments), its history, message and influence, primarily through exhibits, displays, and education programs, by itself or in collaboration with others with similar objectives, in Australia or elsewhere;
2.2 to conduct the Bible Museum for the development, maintenance and exhibition of the Collection, for the benefit of the general public;
2.3 to provide a context of the Jewish and Christian religions, culture and continuity, including in relation to Australian history, for the purposes of study, education and enjoyment;
2.4 to explore how the Bible has shaped the past, illuminates the present and shows the potential of the future
2.5 to create, maintain and develop a Butterfly and Bible Plant Garden (hitherto known as the Butterfly Garden), for the purposes of:
- portraying the spiritual aspect of the Bible Museum, ie. the transformation or ‘metamorphosis’ that the Word of God can make in a believer’s life;
- providing enjoyment and enrichment for visitors through close contact with living butterflies and encouraging the creation of butterfly gardens at home;
- displaying living specimens of plants found in the Bible or indigenous to Israel or the Middle East;
2.51 to manage captive populations of caterpillar lavae, pupae and butterflies ethically and humanely;
2.6 to administer one or more funds into which all gifts, donations and bequests to the Association for the purposes of the Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden will be credited;
2.7 to encourage and promote interest in the study and discussion of the Bible, and generally to create greater community awareness in the knowledge and understanding of the functions and objects of the Association, Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden;
2.8 to develop and market the Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden as a tourist and educational resource, capable of attracting intrastate, interstate and international visitors, including students of schools or universities;
2.9 to undertake initiatives and participate in activities such as festivals, expos, conferences and other external events designed to inform, educate and induce participation of various communities with the activities of the Association, Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden;
2.10 to purchase, take under trust or otherwise acquire any historical and cultural material of Biblical cultural or historical significance and to exhibit, or make available for exhibition by others, materials or items from the Collection;
2.11 for the Committee Members to own, purchase or rent Property for the purposes of the Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden;
2.12 to disseminate information relating to the Bible and to produce, edit, translate, publish, issue, sell, circulate and preserve such papers, periodicals, books, websites, brochures, banners, posters, circulars and other matters as are conducive to these objects;
2.13 to provide an advisory service for any interested persons to answer any questions relating to such historical and cultural material collected and exhibited in the Bible Museum;
2.14 to provide funds for the facilitation of any of the objects especially for the purchase, maintenance and preservation of items of Biblical historical and cultural importance and interest;
2.15 to protect the intellectual property of the Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden;
2.16 to purchase or take on hire, or to accept as a gift or on deposit or loan, historical and cultural material;
2.17 to lend or hire out or otherwise deal with historical and cultural material;
2.18 to accept gifts, devices, bequests or assignments made to the Association for the Bible Museum or Butterfly Garden, whether on trust or otherwise, and whether unconditionally or subject to a condition and, if a gift, device, bequest or assignment is accepted by the Association
2.19 for the Bible Museum on trust or subject to a condition, to act as trustee or to comply with the condition, as the case may be;
2.20 to decline or otherwise refuse to accept any gift (by will or otherwise), donation, settlement or other disposition of money or property, as determined by the Committee;
2.21 to collect and make available (whether in writing or in any other form and whether by sale or otherwise), information relating to the Bible or Biblical history and culture;
2.22 to make available (whether by sale or otherwise) reproductions, replicas or other representations (whether in writing or in any other form) of Biblical historical and cultural material;
2.23 to make available (whether in writing or in any other form and whether by sale or otherwise) information relating to the Association, the Bible Museum, Butterfly Garden and their functions;
2.24 to occupy, use and control any other land or building owned or held under lease by any other person and made available to the Association;
2.25 to purchase or take on hire, or to accept as a gift or on deposit or loan, and to dispose of or otherwise deal with furnishings, equipment and other goods;
2.26 to act as trustee of moneys or other property vested in the Association for the Bible Museum on trust.
2.27 to co-ordinate and arrange conferences, meetings, standing committees and commissions and other forums;
2.28 to make donations for charitable purposes;
2.29 The Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden are to derive their funds from donations, retail sales and other such sources as the Committee determines.
2.30 The Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden must apply its income and assets towards achieving and promoting its aims.
2.31 The Bible Museum and Butterfly Garden can employ staff and pay them for their work, and it can reimburse their expenses.