Museums & History

There are 32 museums in Sacramento, and they cover everything from medical history, to the Gold Rush, to the state of 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 – 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, automobiles, and the city of Sacramento itself. Don’t forget that free museum weekend is in early March every year, when access to all 32 museums is free.

For more museum information, visit Sacramento Area Museums.

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