The Friends of Banning Museum

Friends of Banning Museum is a non-profit organization founded to develop and support the Museum’s educational programs, ongoing restoration, and other vital initiatives. Friends of Banning Museum is dedicated to sharing the remarkable story of Phineas Banning’s vision and entrepreneurial spirit with members, visitors and the community.


Preserve History, Promote Education, and Inspire Entrepreneurial Spirit.

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There are many ways to make a gift to the Friends of Banning Museum.


The story of Phineas Banning and his contemporaries is more than just history; it reveals to visitors that with vision, entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, and ingenuity, you can achieve what might appear to be impossible… Our goal extends beyond telling the story – we want every visitor to believe in their hearts that they, too, are capable of achieving their dreams. — Nancy Banning Call, Founder, The Friends of Banning Museum