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The Luises Give Back

Richard and Juanita Luis

Richard and Juanita Luis

Imagination inspires innovation. The Science Museum of Minnesota inspires both.

It has also inspired a Saint Paul-area couple, Juanita and Richard Luis, to donate a portion of their retirement savings to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

They chose the Science Museum because they have a close connection to it, dating to the 1970s. They have attended receptions for dear friends (and for great fun) and enjoyed the exhibits with many family members, co-workers and friends.

“Some of our most memorable times have been taking our nieces and nephews from outside of the Twin Cities to the museum. They are now all in their 20s, but the Science Museum is still the first place they want to go when they visit us,” Juanita says.

The Science Museum strives to inspire learning for both children and adults. One of the couple’s nephews even went on to get a degree in biochemistry. A niece is continuing their tradition by bringing her godchildren to the Science Museum.

“We both have history and law degrees, but the breadth of the Science Museum’s exhibits and activities appeal to us,” Richard says.

The benefits of an informed and engaged community are innumerable. By donating a portion of their retirement plans, the couple is helping the museum continue its work to make science interactive and fun.

“The Science Museum is the best model we’ve seen for making learning fun. We want it to be able to continue bringing in school groups and many generations of families to inspire them to learn more about our universe and make a difference,” they said.

Help Science Thrive Into the Future

Turn on the science: Inspire learning. Inform policy. Improve lives. Please contact Jennifer Scholl at (651) 221-4502 or jscholl@smm.org to learn more about making a future gift to benefit the museum.