As Sacramento starts to reopen, so are the places that help to tell Sacramento’s story. Our museums have always been a huge part in showcasing our rich history and have brought people from all over the world to our city. Although circumstances may be a little different than usual, be sure to stop by and visit these storytellers of Sacramento.
California State Railroad Museum (Reopening on April 1)
The dream of the Central Pacific Railroad and its importance in the development of California is the story that the California State Railroad Museum tells. The museum houses 21 restored locomotives and cars and even more exhibits. Climb aboard a railroad dining car, complete with tables set with china, and don’t forget to check out the freight depot located outside. Your visit won’t be complete until you board the excursion train for a 50-minute round-trip ride along the scenic Sacramento River. This Smithsonian affiliate museum is one you won’t want to miss.
Sacramento History Museum (Reopening on March 19)
A modern link to the past, the Sacramento History Museum welcomes you back as they tell the story of Sacramento and the California Gold Rush. Exhibits featuring historical images, artifacts and unique interactive elements showcase our region’s rich and diverse history. Don’t be surprised if you run into world-famous TikTok star Howard the Printer while you’re there. Grab some Howard swag at the museum’s store as he gently reminds you to “mind your P’s & Q’s.”
Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum (Grand Reopening on March 20)
Opening minds and changing lives through exploration and celebration, the Sojourner Truth African Heritage Museum tells the story of African American history and its experiences and culture through art education and outreach. Be sure to check out the mural wall with over 10,000 square feet of monumental events, general experiences, and leaders who have impacted the Black community. Bring your kids in for hands-on activities that will teach them about African American history through art, and don’t leave without learning why Sojourner Truth was one of the most notable African American women in the 19th century and why this museum is named after her.
Crocker Art Museum (Reopening April 8)
Housing early statehood collections to ones of the present, the Crocker Art Museum tells California’s art story. Their dedication to bringing people together while connecting them to art and ideas is showcased in their diverse spectrum of exhibitions, events, and programs. The museum’s story began in the historic side of the building which once was the home to the Crocker family and their fine art collection. Now, this collection and more can be seen by all who enter the doors of the Crocker Art Museum. Enjoy free admission every Sunday beginning April 11 through May 31.
California Agriculture Museum (Currently Open)
The California Agriculture Museum tells the story of California’s rich cultural heritage and the history of farm to fork. It is home to a unique collection of antique tractors and hundreds of California agricultural artifacts. Take a docent-led tour or walk the rows at your leisure using their guide-by-cell audio service. Either way, you’ll enjoy the story of our region’s agriculture history.
Aerospace Museum of California (Reopening March 18)
Inspiring future generations of explorers, the Aerospace Museum of California tells the story of aviation and aerospace. Step on in and pilot your own STEM adventure, including building stations, maker crafts, and flight simulators. Discover space exploration and see the future of manned and unmanned flight and space travel. Don’t forget to explore more than 35 historic aircraft in their 4-acre air park, including a US Navy Blue Angels fighter.
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (Reopening April 1)
Both a California and National Historic Landmark, Sutter’s Fort tells the story of the many cultures that inhabited the fort and the surrounding areas during the 1840s. The central building located inside the gates is the oldest existing building in Sacramento. There are many areas to explore at Sutter’s Fort, including the carpenter shop, vaquero room, the blacksmith, the bakery and more.
California State Indian Museum (Reopening April 1)
Located adjacent to Sutter’s Fort, the California State Indian Museum tells the story of California’s first inhabitants. Come and view some of the most amazing Native American cultural items of the 19th century, including traditional baskets, ceremonial regalia, beadwork, a redwood dugout canoe and hunting and fishing tools, some of which are more than 2,400 years old. Leave with an understanding of how they used California’s natural resources and how the people today live and make California their home in the 21st century.
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park (Reopening April 1)
Built between 1856 and 1857, the Leland Stanford Mansion tells the story of the Stanford family. Co-founder and president of the Central Pacific Railroad and, later, California’s eighth governor, Leland Stanford purchased the home and expanded it to better meet the needs of his family and enhanced stature. Walk through the mansion and see furnishings, window coverings and artwork of the era, and learn about the generosity of the family, including how the home was turned into an orphanage and the establishment of Stanford University.