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
Members are the foundation of the Museum’s community of support.
Thanks to the generosity of members, the Museum can continue to
produce exciting new exhibits and exceptional programming and
meet its mission to educate and inspire visitors with
California’s history, arts and culture.
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, starting as low as $40.00 for kids.
As a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization, the Museum
relies membership support to fund our exhibits and programs. But
without your help, we cannot continue to produce high quality
programming and fulfill our mission in the upcoming
We want you back and urge you to take advantage a limited-time
FREE offer to double the length of your
reinstated membership at no additional charge — a savings
of up to $100!
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 button below.
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.
For more information on giving, please call (916) 653-4255 or submit an email inquiry.
Looking for a rewarding experience combining your love of
California history, arts and culture while giving back to the
The Museum is seeking volunteers to lead tours as gallery
guides for over 125,000 annual visitors offered through our
education and family programs! Flexible hours are
available, training provided and benefits include free museum
memberships, discounts at the Museum Store, invitations to
volunteer appreciation events and much more!
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.