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

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. We are not currently accepting unsolicited online gifts, but if you wish to make a donation, you may contact us for an invoice or mail a check payable to California Museum.”

All contributions to the Museum are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows.

For more information on giving, please call (916) 653-1771 or submit an email inquiry.


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 individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations who have generously contributed to the life of the Museum, recognize the importance of California culture and wish to inspire future generations.

$50,000 & Above
  • The California Endowment
  • Marquee Media
  • Visit California
$25,000 & Above
  • AT&T
  • Frontier Communications
  • PhRMA
  • Southern California Edison
$10,000 & Above
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Tina Thomas/Mort Friedman Civic Leadership Endowment
  • Western Dental
$5,000 & Above
  • Bank of America
  • Bloom Energy
  • California Fire Foundation
  • California Resources Corporation
  • California Strategies LLC
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Highlands Consulting Group
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Lucas Public Affairs
  • Oakland Athletics Baseball
  • Professional Engineers in California Government
  • Sacramento Kings
  • Skelton Strategies
$2,500 & Above
  • Chris Kahn Consulting
  • Manatt
  • Pfizer
  • Michael G. Ueltzen, CPA
In-kind Supporters:
  • Ambrosia Fine Foods
  • Crisp Catering
  • Howe It’s Done Catering
  • Jackson’s Catering
  • Lava Cap Winery
  • Old Soul Coffee
  • Robert Graham Studio
  • Sean Minor Wines
  • Solomon’s Delicatessen
  • Tequila Museo Mayahuel