On Thursday, December 8, the museum will close at 3:30 p.m. due to a special event; Spark!Lab and Wonderplace will close at 3 p.m.


(left) During World War II, Zaidee Bullis raised funds for the war effort and philanthropic causes by dressing and exhibiting a squirrel known as Tommy Tucker.
(right) Banner used in fundraising in San Francisco’s Chinatown for humanitarian relief for China, 1940
Gift of Daniel Ostroff

The Great Depression and World War II

How did Americans use philanthropic acts to respond to the challenges of World War II and other wars that occurred during this time? 

What was the impact of wartime philanthropy on the American people?

Chinatown relief banner & Tommy Tucker photo