Heritage of the Americas Museum

Heritage of the Americas Museum The museum is on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego. You'll find a unique collection of art, artifacts, and natural history specimens displayed in four exhibit wings: Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art.
Because his interest in antiquities began as a child, Bud Lueck designed and created the museum to be an especially good learning experience for children. Docent-led tours and outreach programs are conducted almost daily throughout the school year. Though child-friendly, the Museum houses a collection that would be considered incredible by any standards.
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We showcase the prehistoric and historic art, culture, and natural history of the Americas through four wings of exhibits: Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology and Art. The Tropical Garden Patio, the Desert Garden Patio, and the surrounding landscaping may be considered a fifth wing. At the heart of the museum is our unique gift shop. We invite you enjoy our "Journey Through Time."

Mission: We aspire to educate and promote respect and appreciation for the cultural heritage and natural history of the Americas by developing and preserving outstanding collections.

In remembrance of Charles Lindbergh's death on August 26, 1972, we should revisit his brave flight across the Atlantic i...
08/26/2019
Charles Lindbergh Biography

In remembrance of Charles Lindbergh's death on August 26, 1972, we should revisit his brave flight across the Atlantic in 1927. Read his history and then come in and notice the eagle wing feathers that created his unique Sioux headdress, located in our Anthropology wing.

Charles Lindberg Biography

Amazing snake talk right now by Lew Parlette!
08/10/2019

Amazing snake talk right now by Lew Parlette!

August 8, 1950, Florence Chadwick swam from France to England in 13 hours 23 minutes. Summer 1951, she swam back and bec...
08/08/2019
ISHOF.org | FLORENCE CHADWICK

August 8, 1950, Florence Chadwick swam from France to England in 13 hours 23 minutes. Summer 1951, she swam back and became the first woman to swim it both ways.

You can visit Chadwick’s fur bathing suit, swim goggles, and silver platter award in the Natural History wing, loaned to us by Gloria and Steve Chadwick.

The International Swimming Hall of Fames mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children.

Check out the latest discovery of a large Sauropod femur bone!You can see other dinosaur bones and fossils at our Museum...
07/26/2019
French scientists find giant dinosaur thigh bone

Check out the latest discovery of a large Sauropod femur bone!

You can see other dinosaur bones and fossils at our Museum in the Natural History wing.

The two-metre long femur is thought to have belonged to a sauropod from the late Jurassic era.

Scientists have found a way to use infrared spectroscopy to analyze bones and shed light on how humans lived in the past...
07/23/2019
Archaeologists have a new way to unlock the secrets of ancient burned bones

Scientists have found a way to use infrared spectroscopy to analyze bones and shed light on how humans lived in the past.

Come check out our pristine fossils and imagine what life would be like living with the dinosaurs!

Archaeologists and anthropologists have new spectroscopy techniques to study ancient bones burned in cooking and funeral rituals, providing a window to the past.

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Launch! Explore NASA's website to watch original videos, photos, and audio ...
07/16/2019
NASA: Apollo 50th Anniversary

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Launch! Explore NASA's website to watch original videos, photos, and audio of the momentous event. 🌕👨‍🚀

https://www.nasa.gov/specials/apollo50th/index.html

From October 2018 through December 2022, NASA will mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program that landed a dozen Americans on the moon between July 1969 and December 1972.

Along with sticks and leaf's, stones were an important material for making fires to cook food and keep humans warm durin...
07/12/2019
New technique helps identify which ancient rocks were used for cooking - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News

Along with sticks and leaf's, stones were an important material for making fires to cook food and keep humans warm during the cold months. Research has discovered a new technique that scientists can use when analyzing a new excavation site.

Fire was probably first used by humans one million years ago. It was a valuable resource for light, warmth, and keeping predators at bay. It also opened up new culinary avenues: roasting meat, fish, shellfish and vegetables on charcoal or in the fire was probably early modern humans’ main cooking ...

Canadian paleontologists have found colonies of modern bacteria living inside 75-million-year-old fossils from Centrosau...
07/02/2019
Dinosaur bones are home to microscopic life: Scientists didn't find ancient DNA or proteins in fossils, but they did find lots of strange microbes

Canadian paleontologists have found colonies of modern bacteria living inside 75-million-year-old fossils from Centrosaurus, a smaller cousin of the Triceratops.

Stop by our Natural History wing and see our own Triceratops nose horn fossil!

Scientists went looking for preserved collagen, the protein in bone and skin, in dinosaur fossils. They didn't find the protein, but they did find huge colonies of modern bacteria living inside the dinosaur bones.

The University of Queensland changed our understanding of the evolutionary history of animals by challenging the idea th...
06/25/2019
How multi-celled animals developed: Evolutionary discovery to rewrite textbooks

The University of Queensland changed our understanding of the evolutionary history of animals by challenging the idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-cell ancestor.

Come by our Natural History wing and take your own tour through our evolutionary history of fossils.

New findings challenge the long-standing idea that multi-celled animals evolved from a single-celled ancestor resembling a modern sponge cell known as a choanocyte.

In honor of our military, the Heritage of the Americas Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Military and their fami...
05/18/2019

In honor of our military, the Heritage of the Americas Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Military and their families get free admission from May 18-September 2. Thank you for your service! #bluestarmuseum #armedforcesday

Don't Forget! This week is the last week to use your membership for the Big Exchange.Membership has its benefits—especia...
05/14/2019
Discover Art, Culture & Science in San Diego - San Diego Museum Council

Don't Forget! This week is the last week to use your membership for the Big Exchange.

Membership has its benefits—especially during the @San Diego Museum Council’s #BigExchange promotion (May 1-18). If you are a member at any of this year’s participating museums, you can enjoy free general admission to over 30 arts and cultural destinations in #SanDiego. More info: https://www.sandiegomuseumcouncil.org/. #GoMuseums

Wishing all the Moms a Happy Mother's Day!
05/12/2019

Wishing all the Moms a Happy Mother's Day!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we'd like to thank all teachers for playing such a vital role in our society! Tha...
05/09/2019

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we'd like to thank all teachers for playing such a vital role in our society! Thank you, thank, thank you! #ThankATeacher

Don't forget to appreciate your Mom this weekend. Learn more about the interesting origins of Mother's Day and how Anna ...
05/07/2019
The Founder of Mother's Day Later Fought to Have It Abolished

Don't forget to appreciate your Mom this weekend. Learn more about the interesting origins of Mother's Day and how Anna Jarvis played an integral role in establishing it.
mentalfloss.com/article/30659/founder-mothers-day-later-fought-have-it-abolished

Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? Learn the history behind the day and the why the day is marked. (Hin...
05/03/2019
Cinco de Mayo

Will you be celebrating Cinco de Mayo this weekend? Learn the history behind the day and the why the day is marked. (Hint: It is not Mexican Independence Day and does not involve beer)
https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/cinco-de-mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the

Ever wanted to see where your house would be in Earth's ever-changing land formations 20-750 Million Years Ago?! Check o...
04/04/2019
Ancient Earth

Ever wanted to see where your house would be in Earth's ever-changing land formations 20-750 Million Years Ago?! Check out the link below to type in your address and explore Earth's geological history.
http://dinosaurpictures.org/ancient-earth#240

Earth looked very different long ago. Search for addresses across 750 million years of Earth's history.

If you missed the opening party for the Afro-Brazilian Candomble Exhibit, don't fret! The exhibit will stay open until A...
03/28/2019

If you missed the opening party for the Afro-Brazilian Candomble Exhibit, don't fret! The exhibit will stay open until April 27th. Stop by and enjoy the work of local artists and educators who made the exhibit possible.

Heritage of the Americas Museum
03/15/2019

Heritage of the Americas Museum

Heritage of the Americas Museum's cover photo
03/15/2019

Heritage of the Americas Museum's cover photo

Last month we worked with girls in the BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) program to encour...
06/29/2018

Last month we worked with girls in the BE WiSE (Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering) program to encourage learning more about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) careers. The Museum partnered with Fleet Science Center who hosts the program to hold a special overnight event for the girls which included workshops from the Water Conservation Garden, Living Coast Discovery Center, National Marine Mammal Foundation and our very own Museum workshop with Brittany Gardner & Lynn Rosen Buchko. We are so proud to help inspire today's girls to learn more about such a variety of important topics. Learn more about BE WiSE at https://www.rhfleet.org/be-wise

The Museum would like to thank and honor all those who have served!
11/11/2017

The Museum would like to thank and honor all those who have served!

Here's just a few tables from our large rummage sale. Come on over and get your Christmas shopping done early!
11/08/2017

Here's just a few tables from our large rummage sale. Come on over and get your Christmas shopping done early!

We're at Mt Helix Halloween Festival! Come join us and win some prizes!
10/29/2017

We're at Mt Helix Halloween Festival! Come join us and win some prizes!

10/06/2017
09/22/2017

The East County Californian is holding its annual poll to recognize the Best of East County. This recognizes businesses in every category you can imagine. Now is the time to get your vote in before October 27th when the poll closes.
Vote Here: http://www.eccalifornian.com/content/best-east-county-2017
And Don't Forget To Vote For Your Favorite Museum!

Meet Padre Johnson Oct. 6th, 3-5:30 PM at the Heritage of the Americas Museum. He will be giving his presentation of the...
09/12/2017

Meet Padre Johnson Oct. 6th, 3-5:30 PM at the Heritage of the Americas Museum. He will be giving his presentation of the Global Human Family that includes displaying his 25 paintings. He will also be signing his book, Journeys with the Global Family. Free and open to the public.

Representing and celebrating different cultures with hundreds of individual portraits throughout 25 paintings is the Glo...
09/06/2017

Representing and celebrating different cultures with hundreds of individual portraits throughout 25 paintings is the Global Human Family. Oct. 6th, 3-5:30 PM at the Heritage of the Americas Museum. Free and open to the public

07/22/2017
06/24/2017
Don't Forget! The BIG EXCHANGE is now in full swing through the end of the month! With the lowest prices in San Diego, w...
05/03/2017

Don't Forget! The BIG EXCHANGE is now in full swing through the end of the month! With the lowest prices in San Diego, we're your best place to take advantage of the deal.

Water Conservation Garden
04/15/2017

Water Conservation Garden

Our Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival is in TWO WEEKS, organized in conjunction with Cuyamaca College and the Heritage of the Americas Museum. At this free community celebration, enjoy tours of The Garden our Butterfly Pavilion, activities and crafts for children, plant sales, educational exhibitors, food trucks, and more! Visit the event page to learn more and invite your friends and family!

You can WIN a Gift Certificate to The Westgate’s Afternoon Tea. Relax to the melodious sounds of a harp while you indulg...
04/11/2017

You can WIN a Gift Certificate to The Westgate’s Afternoon Tea. Relax to the melodious sounds of a harp while you indulge in a delightful array of delicious tea sandwiches, sweet pastries, scones and seasonal berries.
Included as the 5th Choice in our Dream Drawing on April 29th, be sure to call, mail or stop by the Museum to purchase tickets. (Gift Certificate includes Tax & Gratuity). You do not need to be present to win!

The Big Exchange is coming back! Now throughout the entire month of May!! If you become a member with us (we are the che...
04/04/2017

The Big Exchange is coming back! Now throughout the entire month of May!! If you become a member with us (we are the cheapest in San Diego) you can visit any of the participating museums for free in May. Memberships can be bought online, mailed, or over the phone.

www.HeritageOfTheAmericasMuseum.com
619-670-5194

Christmas is just around the corner! As the holiday approaches, we hope you'll consider our museum store as your shoppin...
12/07/2016

Christmas is just around the corner! As the holiday approaches, we hope you'll consider our museum store as your shopping stop. With lots of great gifts at low prices, we're sure to please whoever is on your list at any age!

11/01/2016

If you were undecided on an item at the Rummage Sale, now is the time to get it! Everything is now 50% off excluding Plants and Art!

10/28/2016

The Rummage Sale is now 50% off excluding Plants and Art! Please come by to check it out and clear away items!

Don't forget to come in and check out the rummage sale additions!
10/25/2016

Don't forget to come in and check out the rummage sale additions!

It's that time of year again...time for our annual Rummage Sale!! We are hosting a large rummage sale that will benefit ...
09/30/2016

It's that time of year again...time for our annual Rummage Sale!! We are hosting a large rummage sale that will benefit the museum. In addition, we are also accepting any donations that may help us in our rummage sale efforts. Our museum is a non-profit that provides free field trips to schools around San Diego.

The Sale lasts through October 31st. Visit us anytime between Oct 1st and then!

We have a large array of items already that include:
Rocks
Gems
Minerals
Fossils
Linens
Books
Crafts and Hobby Supplies
Games/Toys
Electronics
Holiday Items
Plants
And More!

We are also a Cool Zone!

Address

12110 Cuyamaca College Dr W
Rancho San Diego, CA
92019

General information

Museum hours are Tuesday through Fridays from 10:00 to 4:00 and on Saturdays from noon to 4:00. We are closed Sunday and Monday. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and free for children and Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community College Students.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 12:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(619) 670-5194

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