Your donations also support the new online initiatives in addition to all that MVC has always offered.

Virtual Education Modules360° Virtual ToursPuzzlesQuizzes and Games
Rapid Response Collecting – COVID-19 and ActivismDigitized Photograph Archive • and more

There are many ways of making a gift to support the Museum of Ventura County

Express your personal passion for history, the arts, exhibitions, children’s programs and education, and the collection by making a contribution to the Museum! Your donation supports the Museum’s ongoing vitality.

Donors can also make contributions to acquire art and historical pieces for the collection or make outright gifts of them. Most gifts can be pledged for payment over a 5-year period.

Gifts of Cash

Cash gifts allow the donor to receive full tax benefits if they itemize deductions. Gifts of all sizes are appreciated and can be designated to benefit a particular program or collecting area within the Museum. Click here to make your cash gift today

Matching Gifts

Many companies match donations made by their employees to 501(c)(3) organizations, or provide grant opportunities to such organizations for which their employees volunteer. Find out if your employer has such programs, and the museum will provide any information they would need.

Be a GEM! Give Every Month

GEMs receive special gifts and benefits throughout the year. When you choose to donate monthly by filling out this form, you’re automatically enrolled! GEMs are greatly appreciated, and more information will be available on this website in August 2020. In the meantime, please email Eric Knight for more details.

*NEW – Summer 2020* GEMs will receive a free AXXESS Card! Axxess features exclusive discounts at over 550 Local Merchants, including unbeatable savings on dining out, golf, wine tasting, your home, your health, your car & your kids.

Gifts of Art & Historical Items

Another way to create a permanent legacy at the Museum of Ventura County is through the bequest of art. A promised gift or collection that the Museum has agreed to accept adds breadth and depth to the Museum’s permanent collection. Giving artwork, historical artifacts and documents ensures that the County’s artistic and historical legacy remains intact and accessible.

Written policies outline the types of objects and the procedures by which they are accepted into the collection.

For information about donating art or historical materials please contact the Smith-Hobson Family Collections Manager Renee Tallent at or the Research Library and Archives Director Deya Terrafranca at

During COVID-19, the Museum is not accepting donations of items. However, staff is able to consult and speak with donors about planned gifts. 

Other ways to Donate

Estate Planning
Memorial + Honorariums

For more information about donating to the museum:
Contact Eric Knight, Development Director | 805.653.0323 x305