We're Making History

For nearly 80 years, Balboa Park’s California Tower has been closed to public.

With your help, we’re going to change that.

Starting now — right now — we’re asking you to dig deep to help us reopen the Tower.

The Views Are Wonderful

There are amazing views from the top of the Tower. You can see Mexico, the Pacific Ocean, the Cuyamaca and Laguna mountains, downtown, and the beautiful gardens of Balboa Park, all at the same time.

Just imagine if everyone could climb those stairs and see those stunning views for themselves.

It's Happening

We’ve finally cleared the last hurdle, and our campaign to open the California Tower for public tours is on! That’s right: the City of San Diego has given us the go-ahead.

We’ve all been waiting so long for this moment!

When we raise $3 million, we will not only open the Tower to public tours, but ensure its upkeep for future generations.

We have already secured a leadership gift of $1 million from the Legler Benbough Foundation.

That leaves $2 million to raise from you and other San Diegans who understand just how important this is.

Giving to the California Tower is a Way of Being Remembered

  • Give in honor of your grandparents or grandkids, your spouse, your mentor, your parents or your kids.
  • Give in thanks of all that you have loved and enjoyed in your life in San Diego.
  • Give on behalf of the business you’ve proudly built.
  • Give because you love Balboa Park.
  • Give because you believe that opening the California Tower to the public is the right thing to do.

Gifts of $5000 to $1,000,000 will receive special thanks and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to leave permanent messages in the Tower itself on plaques, benches, or steps. If you're interested in supporting the California Tower with a large gift in this way, please add your name to our notification list. You will be contacted when the sponsorship opportunities are available.

Sign Up to Sponsor the California Tower

Donations of every size matter. They add to our ability to open the Tower to the public and to keep it open for future generations. Give a gift from $5 to $4999 to help ensure the future of this iconic building.

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San Diego Museum of Man
1350 El Prado
San Diego, CA 92101


Join Us today!

To help open the California Tower, please contact:

Chief Executive Officer Micah Parzen, Ph.D., J.D.
San Diego Museum of Man
(619) 239-2001, ext. 14, mparzen@museumofman.org

Chief Development Officer Hope Carlson
San Diego Museum of Man
(619) 239-2001, ext. 16, hcarlson@museumofman.org

For media inquiries, contact Grant Barrett, San Diego Museum of Man, (619) 239-2001, ext. 43, gbarrett@museumofman.org