The Heritage of the Americas Museum is an enchanting destination filled with exquisite artifacts and specimens housed in four major wings. The fruition of founder Bernard "Bud" Lueck's dream, visitors of all ages are invited to take a Journey Through Time to discover new places, cultures and art all without your passport.
"To be lost and never found is to be nothing"
"The Heritage of the Americas Museum is a hidden treasure, not only for the community, but for San Diego County. The museum is tucked away on the campus of Cuyamaca College behind the Water Conservation Garden. From the circular architecture of the building to the four rectangular interior rooms--each filled with artifacts and educational information on the natural history, archaeology, anthropology and art of North, Central and South America--this collection shines bright next to some larger museums found in the region."
"Nestled in a quiet knoll on the west side of Cuyamaca College is a Hidden treasure of civilizations past, rich in history, art and education. Founded by Bernard 'Bud' Lueck in 1993 out of his lifelong passion for ancient artifacts, the Heritage of the Americas Museum is dedicated to the education of children of all ages. In his lifetime, Lueck became known as one of the most trusted and beloved collectors of artifacts, due to his love, curiosity and unbending desire to spread his wealth towards the education of children and not for profit."
-Albert Fulcher, Editor
"As you will see by the letters my students have written to you, they enjoyed themselves tremendously during their visit. But the best part of their day was based on how much they learned. Every one of them continues to mention what their favorite things were, and somehow, their list increases each time. Our parent chaperones were also very impressed...Our whole day was a learning success, and the wonderful docents were very patient and knowledgeable as they guided my students through this exciting experience."
-Barbara Butler, Monterey Heights Elementary School, Lemon Grove School District