There are 28 museums in Sacramento, and they cover everything from medical history to the Gold Rush to California, art and the railroad.
The California State Railroad Museum is the best in North America, and it tells the story of the transcontinental railroad, the heyday of rail travel and more with plenty of vintage train cars and engines that can be walked through along with other interactive exhibits.
Art enthusiasts can see the Crocker family collection at the Crocker Art Museum, which underwent a $100 million expansion in 2010. California impressionists, ancient art from across the world and one of the largest collections of European drawings in the world can all be seen in a museum that is partly housed in a beautifully maintained Victorian home.
The California State Capitol is a living museum â€“ stroll the hallways of the Capitol and see where the state's leaders worked 150 years ago, then walk past the governor's office and the Legislature's chambers, where the state is still governed.
Other museums commemorate aviation, California and the city of Sacramento itself. Don't forget that free museum day is in early February every year, when access to all 28 museums is free.
The Aerospace Museum of California is one of aviation's greatest showcases with over 40 military and civilian aircraft and a world-class engine exhibit. Located 15 minutes from Cal Expo, the Museum has STEM activities from building block competitions and scavenger hunts to a motion movie ride and realistic Flight Zone simulators. Experience every era of aviation from a fully restored 1932 Curtiss Wright speed wing biplane to the Titan IV LR87 space booster engine. Come experience the amazing innovation of flight! For more information please visit www.aerospaceca.org or call 916-643-3192. Museum Hours: Tuesday thru Sunday, 10AM - 4PM. Closed most Mondays and some holidays. Follow us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/AerospaceMuseumCA.
Open to visitors in 1869, the State Capitol features changing museum exhibits and historical rooms offering a view into California's political past while the rest of the building acts as a ''living museum''. Visit website for hours. Free admission and tours.
The California Automobile Museum houses over 150 vehicles in a spacious 72,000 square foot building. We have cars from the early 1900s through to the alternative fueled cars of the future. You can receive a personal tour from one of our Docents with your paid admission or they can answer any questions you may have. We have rotating exhibits 3 to 4 times a year, we take car centered trips around the world, we host youth & education programs, you can learn to drive in a Model A or T and much much more. This is surely a place you will want to visit while you are here.
The Crocker Art Museum features the world's foremost display of California art and is renowned for its holdings of European master drawings and international ceramics. The Crocker also holds permanent collections of Asian, African, and Oceanic art, ceramics, and photography. The Museum offers a diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs to augment its collections, including films, concerts, studio classes, lectures, children's activities, and more. The Museum has also dedicated the historic building's entire first floor as an education center, which includes four classrooms, space for student and community exhibitions, the Gerald Hansen Library, and Tot Land. Discover it all at crockerart.org.
Effective January 1, 2015, the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park will close to the public for an extensive renovation project. The Mansion will undergo preservation work, which will include necessary upgrades to aging electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, heating and air conditioning systems. The work will be conducted in phases, and is expected to be completed in 2015. Built in 1877, the Mansion was home to 13 of California's governors and their families until Ronald Regan in 1967. Tour the opulent rooms, while learning tales and secrets of the families that lived there. Visit website for hours tour times and fees. W.A.
Hands-on exhibits will encourage children's imaginations and prompt them to test, tinker, laugh, and wonder.
Home to more than 140 native, rare and endangered species and one of more than 200 accredited institutions of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Offering an historic California setting for banquets and events. Capacity 300 seated, 500 standing both inside the fort and the surrounding grounds.
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