Museum Profile: Heritage of the Americas Museum


The Heritage of the Americas Museum is a wonderful place. Here’s the first of our weekly Museum Profile posts:

History of the Museum
The Museum was started by an amazing collector, Bud Lueck, and his wife, Bernadette. Lueck started collecting artifacts when he was a young boy and never lost interest. He helped on many archaeological digs throughout his youth and beyond. He always had a dream: to create a museum to hold his collection and help educate the public through it, especially youth. After moving to East County (San Diego) and retiring from his business in the sheet metal industry, he made his dream come true. The Museum opened January 1983.

About The Museum
The Museum has A LOT of amazing artifacts. The focus of the Museum (if you couldn’t tell from the name) is artifacts from North, Central and South America. It’s divided into 4 wings set on these themes: Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology and Art. The Natural History Wing is full of amazing minerals, gems, taxidermy animals, shells and more. The fossils in this section are awesome! The Archaeology Wing is full of pre-Columbian artifacts like pottery pieces, knifes and necklaces. The arrowheads in this section are a must-see. The Anthropology Wing is full of artifacts from different Native American tribes with items such as a painted buffalo skull, necklaces and pipes. Visitors will even see a famous headdress given to Charles Lindbergh in this section. The Art Wing is full of a variety of pieces. There’s mainly Western art in this section but visitors will also find Chinese artifacts such as a 2,000 year-old jade burial suit.

5 Cool Things About The Museum

  • It has a collection of over 500 necklaces.
  • It’s dedicated to bringing kids in to learn and experience the collection…there are many programs, including a program to pay for buses to bring school groups in that might otherwise not be able to visit.
  • There are dinosaur eggs and more fossilized animals and plants than you’ve ever seen before!
  • There’s a 2,000 year-old jade burial suit from the Han Dynasty…one of the best in the US.
  • There’s a headdress given to Charles Lindbergh by the Sioux Nation after he completed his transatlantic flight.

  • Museum Info
    12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West
    El Cajon, California 92019



    Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm
    Saturday Noon-4pm
    Closed Sundays and Mondays

    $3 Adults
    $2 Seniors (55+)
    $1 Students
    Free Youth (17 and Under)
    Free for Students of Grossmont/Cuyamaca Community Colleges