top of page

Your Support Helps!

You can make a difference by giving today!


Help support the preservation of Kumeyaay/Diegueño culture and heritage for future generations.  Contribute to collections, exhibitions, education, and all the programming that enriches our community’s understanding of San Diego history and the Native People.  Be a part of something big—help us continue to share another way of knowing, another way of life—that has been the guiding force in this region, the homeland we share, since time immemorial.


Ways to Give:

Giving to Barona Cultural Center & Museum is easy, tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law, and can be done in a number of ways:

  1. Make a quick and secure gift online by clicking this button or scan QR Code -----> 

  2. Call (619) 443-7003 ext. 219 to make a gift over the phone via credit card.

  3. Make a gift when you visit—any staff member will be delighted to help you.

  4. Help ensure that Barona Museum remains a source of lifelong learning for generations to come!  Consider a planned gift—bequests through your will or trust, gifts of real estate, life insurance or other assets. 


Thank you!

QR Code Donate.png

Barona Cultural Center & Museum Collecting Guide


Thank you for considering a donation to Barona Cultural Center & Museum. Our Museum focuses on Kumeyaay/Diegueño People of southern California and northern Baja California. Our Mission is four fold: to increase the understanding and appreciation of Kumeyaay/Diegueño People, preserve the Museum’s collection, preserve ‘Iipay Aa (the native language of the People), and educate the public about Kumeyaay/Diegueño People.



Barona Museum welcomes donations of artifacts, books, photographs, and archival material that pertain to Kumeyaay/Diegueño People past and present. However, our storage space is very limited and we review each proposed donation to make sure we can care for it in perpetuity.  Donations must meet the established criteria for our collection, outlined here:

  • Donations must be made by the object’s legal owner or agent of the legal owner, have clear title, and have been legally acquired by owner according to the laws of the United States and the state of its origin or acquisition.

  • A temporary custody receipt must be completed and signed by a member of Collections staff before a proposed donation is left at the Museum – we do not accept “dropped-off” items.

  • We are unable to offer appraisal services.

  • Donations are to be unencumbered and given without conditions.

  • Donations with documented histories are preferred over those with unknown provenance. The more information you have, the better!

  • We reserve the right to return items that do not meet our criteria.

  • We do not purchase collections.


We do not accept:

  • Artifacts from Native Peoples/Groups outside of southern California/Northern Baja California.

  • Artifacts collected without permission from public or private lands.

  • Artifacts collected from Capitan Grande Reservation.

  • Human remains.

  • Specimens of protected species.

  • Abandoned property.

  • Items for purchase.

  • Items that pose a health hazard.


If you have an item that fits our collecting criteria, we would be happy to consider it for our collection. The Collections Committee meets once a month to review offered donations. We follow a process with several steps to ensure that we are able to care for items proposed for donation.


Tax Deductions

Your donations to Barona Cultural Center & Museum are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please see the guidelines provided by the Internal Revenue Service on Charitable Contributions Deductions.

Upon donation, Barona Museum will provide you with a Deed of Gift. However, we are unable to provide values of donations. 

To have your donation considered for the
Barona Cultural Center & Museum's Collection, please download a donation form and email it, as well as any photographs, to

bottom of page