Sacramento Museums Guide

Sacramento Museums Guide

Aerospace Museum of California
3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan
Formerly known as the McClellan Aviation Museum. Features 45 including USAF planes dating from WWII plus two Russian MIGs, along with aerospace exhibits and a state-of-the art Aviation Learning Center.

California Foundry History Museum
5301 Price Avenue
McClellan Park
916-929-8001, 916-933-3062
Foundries melt metal to make fire hydrants, water pipes, car engines . . . so come ring a trolley bell, work a water valve, see fascinating castings, film and photographs from the Gold Rush to the present.

California Military Museum
1119 2nd Street, Old Sacramento
Exhibits reflect California’s rich militia and U.S. Military history from pre-statehood to contemporary times. The museum contains military items and personal memorabilia on 3 floors of exhibits.

California Museum of History, Women and the Arts
1020 O Street, Sacramento
The California Museum (formerly the Golden State Museum) tells the story of our great state, promotes California's artistic and cultural heritage, and provides a home for the stories of California's women.

California State Capitol Museum
Capitol Building,
10th and L Streets,
Sacramento, CA
The State Capitol is a working Museum that has served since 1869 as home to the legislative branch of state government and the Governor’s Office. Guided tours, informative films, recreated historic rooms and changing exhibits give you opportunities to explore the past, present and future of California’s government.

California State Indian Museum
2618 K Street,
Self-guided tours provide an opportunity to celebrate the proud heritage of California Indian culture from the traditions of the ancestors to contemporary Native artists.

California State Railroad Museum
2nd and I Streets,
Old Sacramento
Tour a swaying Pullman sleeping car. Board a million-pound steam locomotive. Examine beautiful dining car china and other treasures at North America’s most popular railroad museum!

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street, Sacramento
Spanning from 10th century to contemporary periods, the Crocker Art Museum’s collection includes works from Europe, North America, and Asia.

CSUS University Library Gallery
University Library First Floor, North Side
Featuring the works of contemporary artists, the University Library Gallery also hosts poetry readings and is a performance space for musical recitals and other arts-related events on the campus of California State University, Sacramento.

Discovery Museum History Center
101 I Street,
Old Sacramento
The Discovery Museum History Center, housed in the replicated 1854 City Hall and Waterworks building in Old Sacramento, features interactive exhibits that bring to life Sacramento’s history and the 1849 Gold Rush.

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
3615 Auburn Blvd.,
Sacramento, CA
The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center is home to the Challenger space program and houses Sacramento’s only public planetarium, an animal discovery room, nature trails and a wildlife pond.

Donald F. Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
4030 Lennane Drive
916-779-1410 ext. 331
Showcasing pharmacy rooms from the mid-1800s, the 1940s, and the present, the museum offers self-guided tours with knowledgeable volunteers providing additional information.

Explorit Science Center
3141 5th Street, Davis
Dive into engaging, hands-on science at Explorit, where the exhibits change frequently, special programs take place on at least three Saturdays a month, and the staff is super friendly.

Folsom History Museum
823 Sutter Street, Folsom
The Folsom History Museum houses a variety of artifacts that chronicle the settlement and development of the Folsom area. Learn about the native peoples, early settlers and pioneers. Discover our beginnings as a gold rush town.

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
1526 H Street,
This regal Victorian mansion, home to 13 of California’s governors from 1903 to 1967, is filled with historic furnishings purchased by the governors and their families. Fourteen-foot ceilings, Persian carpets, Italian marble fireplaces, chandeliers and French mirrors grace the mansion.

Heidrick Ag History Center
1962 Hays Lane, Woodland
The 130,000-square-foot Heidrick Ag History Center is home to the Fred C. Heidrick Sr. Antique Ag Collection and the Hays Antique Truck Museum.

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
802 N Street,
Built between 1856 and 1872, the four-story, 19,000 square foot Leland Stanford Mansion has special historical and architectural significance. It served as the office of three early California governors (Leland Stanford, Fredrick Low and Henry Haight)

Museum of Medical History
5380 Elvas Avenue,
Experience the evolution of medicine from the Gold Rush to today in this unique museum of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Exhibits include patent medicines and pharmacology, antibiotics and infectious diseases, Asian medicine, nursing, radiology, quackery and local medical history.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Front and I Streets,
Old Sacramento
A cluster of noteworthy, early Gold Rush commercial structures located within the Old Sacramento Historic District. Included are the 1849 Eagle Theatre; the 1853 B.F. Hastings Building, once home to the California Supreme Court and western terminus of the Pony Express; and the 1855 Big Four Building, which today houses the Huntington & Hopkins Hardware Store and the California State Railroad Museum Library.

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
1000 Broadway at 10th Street, Sacramento
Archives Center: 916-264-7508
Tour Information: 916-448-0811
Established in 1849 during the Gold Rush, this 28-acre Victorian era type cemetery is the final resting place of over 25,000. Pioneers buried in the cemetery, include John A. Sutter, Jr., founder of the city; Edwin Bryant and Margaret Crocker, Sacramento’s “Patrons of the Arts;” and Mark Hopkins, one of railroading’s legendary “Big Four.”

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
2701 L Street,
Sacramento’s earliest settlement was founded by John Sutter in 1839. Self-guided tours explain the unique museum exhibits, a visitor orientation room and exhibit rooms, carpenter’s and blacksmith’s shops, bakery, dining room, and living quarters. Living history programs and demonstrations.

Towe Auto Museum
2200 Front Street,
Be dazzled by glistening paint and chrome headlights as you hit the high road to the “Land of Dreams.” Enjoy the story of the development of the automobile and the men who brought us this amazing machine. Over 150 vehicles.

Wells Fargo History Museum
1000 2nd Street,
Old Sacramento
Step back in time at the Wells Fargo History Museum. Artifacts on display include gold scales, a treasure box, a working telegraph, and a Concord Coach scale model. Exhibits on Wells Fargo’s role in banking, stagecoach travel, the Pony Express, and Sacramento’s development are all colorfully interpreted for visitors.

Wells Fargo History Museum
400 Capitol Mall,
The Wells Fargo History Museum houses an original, restored Concord stagecoach. Drawing from its rich history, interpretive exhibits explain Wells Fargo’s express, banking, staging operations and its commercial role in Sacramento’s history. Original artifacts include documents, gold, treasure boxes, postal history and numerous attention-grabbing items.

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