Museums & History

There are 28 museums in Sacramento, and they cover everything from medical history to the Gold Rush to California, art and the railroad.

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived, Sacramento museums were shut down, but several are now open for business with various modifications and limited capacities. As conditions change, museums may close in accordance with public health guidelines. Please contact individual museums prior to visiting, for COVID-19 information.

For more museum information, visit Sacramento Area Museums.

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 – 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.