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

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, you receive benefits including free admission to the Museum all year long, as well as to public programs and members-only opening events. Additionally, your support helps the Museum continue 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 are available to choose from, starting at only $50.00 per year at the kids’ Cub Club level.

For questions or assistance, contact the membership department at Thank you for your support!


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.


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Volunteer opportunities at the Museum

Looking for a rewarding way to serve the community? The California Museum invites you to join our volunteer program to assist staff in presenting exhibits and programs on the state’s history, arts and culture of diversity, inspiring more than 125,000 annual visitors.

Whether you’re looking for a few hours to fill or a regular position, a range of opportunities are available to choose from including:


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
  • California Civil Liberties Public Education Program
  • Visit California
Visionary Sponsors
  • Cruise
  • Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
  • PhRMA
  • Southern California Edison
Innovator Sponsors
  • Lucas Public Affairs
  • Western Dental
Dreamer Sponsors
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • California Strategies, LLC
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • Golden 1 Credit Union
  • Highlands Consulting Group, LLC
  • Ann and Don Rathjen
  • River City Bank
  • Sacramento Kings
  • SwabTek, Inc. 
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Women’s Foundation California
  • Herbert Yee Family Foundation
  • California Chamber of Commerce
  • Chris Kahn Consulting
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • Niemela Pappas & Assoc.
  • Brad Pacheco & Brad Nelson
  • Pfizer
  • Prime Strategies
  • Reviver
  • Michael G. Ueltzen, CPA

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