Help Open the California Tower for Everyone

For nearly 80 years, Balboa Park's California Tower has been closed to the 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 with a tax-deductible donation.

Don't Miss This

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.

We Can't Do This Without You

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.

Be Remembered and Make Memories

  • 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.

 

 

Tower Donor Benefits

If you'd like to maximize your gift so that every dollar will go toward the California Tower and the San Diego Museum of Man, give right here by clicking this red button. Thank you!

Click To Give without Getting Anything

Donations of every size matter, and if you want a nice thank-you, we have oodles of fun thank-yous for you to choose from, depending on your level of giving. We want you to be a part of helping us to open this iconic building!

We'll Love You Forever

$1-$9. Unlimited quantity. You'll have our everlasting gratitude.

 

 

Website Shout-Out

$10-$49. Unlimited quantity. We'll thank you by name on our website and you'll have our everlasting gratitude.

 

 

Tower Photo

$50-$99. Unlimited quantity. Love the Tower? So do we! Get your own personal copy of a high-resolution digital photo of our beloved building for your own personal use. We'll also thank you on our website.

 

 

Instant Fame

$100-$499 Unlimited quantity. Your moment of fame and glory! We'll shout your name from the top of the California Tower for everyone to hear. Plus, you'll get a high-resolution digital photo of the Tower for your personal use, and we'll thank you on our website.

 

 

OMG Even More Fame

$500-$999. Unlimited quantity. More fame and more glory! We'll recognize you in our annual report, and we'll shout your name from the top of the Tower. You'll also get a hi-res digital photo of the Tower for your personal use, and we'll thank you on our website.

 

 

MAXIMUM SUPPORT DONOR BENEFITS

Private Museum Visit

$1,500. 5 available. Explore the Museum with 10 of your closest friends for a full hour before we open to the public! You'll coordinate the date of the visit with Museum staff. Expires one year from the day you donate.

 

Personal Opera Concert for Four

$2,000. 5 available. Love music? Get your own personal concert, sung just for you, under our beautiful dome. Our Chief Development Officer, Hope Carlson, is a classically-trained opera singer who received her master's degree at the prestigious Eastman School of Music. She'll perform 15 minutes of opera arias for you and up to three friends inside the Museum of Man. You'll coordinate the date of the visit with Museum staff. Expires one year from the day you donate. The music will be selected by Hope.

 

A Tower Marriage Proposal

$2,500. 3 available. Few settings are more romantic than the top of the California Tower, looking out over all of Balboa Park, downtown, the Bay, the Laguna Mountains, and beyond. For $2,500, you can propose to your sweetheart at the top of the Tower. You'll coordinate the date of the visit with Museum staff. Expires one year from the day you donate.

 

Lunch for Two with The CEO

$3,500. 5 available. Bend the ear of the Museum of Man's CEO with all of your ideas and advice! You and a guest get to have lunch with CEO, Micah Parzen, and ask all your burning questions like, "How did you manage to open the Tower?" and "What's happened to the tortilla lady?" Or you can talk about soccer! You'll coordinate the date of the visit with Museum staff. Expires one year from the day you donate. The restaurant will be selected by the Museum. We promise it won't be McDonald's.

 

Dedicate a Step

$5,000. 34 left of 76. Leave your mark forever! For $5,000, you get to name one of 76 steps inside the California Tower. Thousands of people a year will see it. Your plaque will be there "as long as the building shall stand," so your grandchildren's children will see it. You'll get 54 characters to write a meaningful message on your glass-etched plaque. The Museum wants you to be creative with your message, but we will refuse messages that are inconsistent with Museum's mission or the character of Balboa Park, or for any other reason. So, be cool. You can have up to three lines of text and a maximum of 18 characters (including spaces) per line.

 

Private Hard-Hat Tour for Nine

$17,500. 3 available. See behind the scenes! You and up to 9 friends will get your own special tour while the Tower is being transformed. You'll coordinate the date of the visit with Museum staff. Expires December 30, 2014. You and your guest must be physically able to climb 200 steps and you will have to sign a waiver.

 

Dedicate a Bench

$25,000. 15 left of 20. What a legacy! For $25,000, you get to name one of 20 benches inside the California Tower. Your plaque will be there "as long as the building shall stand," which should be a very, very long time. You'll get 54 characters to write whatever you want on your plaque. The Museum wants you to be creative with your message, but we will refuse messages that are inconsistent with Museum's mission or the character of Balboa Park, or for any other reason. So, be cool. You can have up to three lines of text and a maximum of 18 characters (including spaces) per line.

 

Join the Tower Society

$50,000 and up. Unlimited quantity. This unique group believes the Tower is vital to our city. Its members are committed to making sure the California Tower remains intact for future generations to enjoy. All Tower Society contributions will be used to maintain and care for the Tower in perpetuity. Join, and be recognized as an extraordinary leader on a beautiful etched glass plaque that will be placed beside the door to the California Tower.

 

Be on the First Public Tour

$100,000 and up. 2 available. Be part of an unforgettable historic moment! When we reopen the Tower to the public for the first time in 80 years, you can be on that tour! For $100,000, you and a guest can join the experience. You and your guest must be physically able to climb 200 steps and you will have to sign a waiver. Children must be over the age of 6 to ascend the Tower.

 

Send a Donation By Mail

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

Join Us today!

To help open the California Tower, please contact:

Development Manager James Haddan
San Diego Museum of Man
(619) 239-2001, ext. 11, jhaddan@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