Make your mark on California history

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.


Members are the foundation of our community support

Memberships are being processed while the Museum is closed, but please allow extra time as staff are working in the office on a reduced schedule.

Visit the COVID-19 page for more information and updates on our temporary closure. For questions or assistance, contact the membership department at Thank you!

As a private non-profit 501(c)3 institution, the California Museum relies on the generosity of our community and revenue from memberships to present exhibits and programs highlighting California’s history, arts, culture and diversity. 

When you become a member, your support will help ensure the Museum continues to offer quality programming in the coming years, meeting its mission to inspire visitors to make their own mark on history. 

Become a member today to support California history, arts, culture and diversity! Three levels with a range of benefits and tax deductions are available to choose from, starting at only $46.00 per year at the Cub Club level.


Support the California Museum

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 amount are always appreciated. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows. To make a donation, click the link below.


Donate Now


Volunteer Programs at the California Museum

Thank you for your interest in joining the California Museum’s volunteer program. Due to the ongoing pandemic, applications for new volunteers are not being processed at this time.

For more information or questions on joining, please contact the volunteer department at (916) 653-8099 or

Existing volunteers: To view available schedules and sign up for shifts, please log in to the volunteer portal at the link below. 

Museum Volunteer Login

Museum Donors

The California Museum expresses its deepest gratitude to the following contributors who have generously supported the educational mission of the Museum, who recognize the importance of California culture and who wish to inspire future generations.

Presenting Sponsors
  • The California Endowment
  • Visit California
Visionary Sponsors
  • Marquee Media
  • PhRMA
  • Southern California Edison
Innovator Sponsors
  • Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) / US-China Railroad Friendship Association (UCRFA)
  • Frontier Communications
  • Genentech
  • Univision
  • Western Dental
Dreamer Sponsors
  • Bank of America
  • California Resources Corporation
  • California Strategies, LLC
  • Charter Communications
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Golden 1 Credit Union
  • Highlands Consulting Group, LLC
  • Lucas Public Affairs
  • Prime Strategies, LLC
  • River City Bank
  • Sacramento Kings
  • T-Mobile
  • Brad Nelson & Brad Pacheco
  • Chris Kahn Consulting
  • Manatt
  • Pfizer
  • Michael G. Ueltzen, CPA
In-kind Supporters:
  • Crisp Catering
  • Robert Graham Studio · 
  • Sean Minor Wines
  • Solomon’s Delicatessen
  • Tequila Museo Mayahuel · 
  • Wolfgang Puck Catering