The California Museum depends on the generosity of our Museum family and friends to meet the enormous cost of producing exhibits, providing fantastic programming and inspiring the tens of thousands of schoolchildren that visit us each year.
The California Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Income from admissions, store sales and facility rentals account for only a small fraction of our operating costs. Individual and corporate gifts, foundation grants, exhibit sponsorship, charitable giving (such as United Way) and fundraisers must make up for the rest.
As a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization operating in
partnership with the State of California, the Museum relies on
proceeds from admissions and Museum Store sales as well as
support from the community and sponsors to fund its general
Membership is the foundation of the Museum’s public support.
Thanks to the generosity of members, the Museum can continue to
produce exciting new exhibits and exceptional programming that
meet its mission to educate, enlighten and inspire visitors with
California’s past, present and future.
Sign up today to become a part of the Museum’s community of
support! A variety of 100% tax-deductible levels are available to
choose from and start as low as $50.00.
The California Museum is a private non-profit 501(c)3
organization reliant upon the generosity of the community to
provide quality exhibits and programming through donations,
memberships and sponsorships.
Gifts of any kind are always appreciated, and donations of any
amount can be made securely online via PayPal.com using the
In addition, a variety of other creative and flexible options to
give are listed below. All contributions to the Museum are
tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows.
Museum volunteers contribute their time and energy to educate and
enlighten visitors on California’s rich past while making
positive changes and connecting with the community. Having
fun, gaining experience, and helping a good cause are all reasons
to volunteer at The California Museum. You also will receive a
discount in the Museum Store and opportunities to attend Museum
The California Museum expresses its deepest gratitude to the
following individuals, organizations, foundations and
corporations who have generously contributed to the life of this
Museum, who recognize the importance of California culture and
who wish to inspire future generations.