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California Museum

1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814-5704
+1 916-653-7524
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Decent Museum

Considering its size and the size of California as well as the complex, varied, and fascinating... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Santa Rosa, California
The things I don't know...

We saw the Light and Noir Exhibit. It was well organized and the materials are clearly marked and... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Patricia H
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Home of the official California Hall of Fame, the California Museum educates and enlightens visitors on California's rich history and unique influence on the world through innovation, the arts and culture. Through engaging exhibits and educational programs, the Museum inspires visitors to make their own mark on history. Long-term signature exhibitions include: • California Hall of Fame • California Indians: The First People • California Missions: A Journey Along the El Camino Real • California's Remarkable Women • Constitution Wall • Health Happens Here • Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII In addition, 6-8 temporary exhibitions exploring the state's history, arts and culture are also on display each year.
  • Excellent35%
  • Very good42%
  • Average13%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1020 O St, Sacramento, CA 95814-5704
+1 916-653-7524
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Considering its size and the size of California as well as the complex, varied, and fascinating history of this state, the California Museum is not very impressive. It is a decent museum covering the basic range of California history with some interesting exhibits touching on...More

Thank jenedc2016
Reviewed 13 September 2017

We saw the Light and Noir Exhibit. It was well organized and the materials are clearly marked and explained. My only complaint was with the sound level of the Casablanca exhibit--it was too loud and followed you around the rest of the exhibit. As usual,...More

Thank Patricia H
Reviewed 28 July 2017

A mix of displays shines the spotlight on different aspects of California. The kid-friendly health-oriented display at the start offers fun games that kept my husband, grown daughter and me entertained while being educated at the same time. We were delighted to learn that the...More

Thank kgwyn77
Reviewed 21 May 2017

The exhibit Light and Noir details the contributions of cinema artists fleeing Nazi Germany. The exhibit spans the years from 1933 to 1950. There are movie posters, still shot photos and clips from movies such as Casablanca. See clothing and other artifacts from the movie...More

Thank Maryann L
Reviewed 20 May 2017

Within a stone's throw (or 5 minute walk) this traditional museum tells the multiple stories of California. Generally, the captions are wordy and seating is limited. However, in May 2015, there were 2 outstanding exhibits - one about the Japanese in WWII and "Light and...More

Thank GlobalGypsy_13
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Never been before.. we were invited to a great wedding reception here... Nice set up.. unique spot for a wedding... We really enjoyed ourselves... There is plenty of street parking.. They also had a women's exhibit available to view upstairs... Bathrooms were clean.. atmosphere great...

Thank Will G
Reviewed 20 April 2017

This museum was relatively compact but contained many well displayed items as well as hands-on activities. It would be of special interest to those interested in California Gold Rush Days.

Thank rgeniusz
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The Exhibit about the Treatment of the Japanese was very interesting, but you have to be prepared to stand and read slit. The rest of the museum was of average interest and the need to introduce some helpful signage.

Thank Jane K
Reviewed 27 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing California history with fun interactive exhibits; and exciting and cool CA Hall of Fame exhibition!

Thank LDrisha
Reviewed 13 December 2016

I have been here twice. The museum is well done, but mostly geared for the schools, the younger people, school teachers and those just interested in some old Sacramento history. It is a nice rainy day activity. They do change it up and add new...More

Thank Juls822013
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