Field trip and group tour buses may park in the bus loading zone
located next to the Museum along 10th Street starting at the
corner of O Street.
On weekends, free parking is available for Museum visitors in the
lot on the corner of 10th and O Streets
directly across the street from the Museum, as well as for
evening Museum events beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Do I need to make reservations to visit the
Reservations are only required for groups of 10 or more and must
be made one week in advance. Please visit the Group Tours page for more
How long will it take to tour the Museum?
On average, a tour of the Museum takes an hour at the minimum.
The amount of time visitors spend in the galleries varies
Can I bring food and drinks inside the Museum?
No, food or beverages are not allowed inside the exhibits. Please
finish your food and drinks before arriving at the Museum.
Do you discount admission or tour fees for non-profit
No, the Museum does not offer non-profit organizations additional
discounts on general admission or tour fees.
Reduced admission is provided for all group tours booked a
minimum of 7 days in advance. For more information, please visit
Tours page. In
addition, a number of reduced or free general admission programs
are also available. Please visit Special Offers &
Promotions page for a list of current programming.
Can I take photographs or videos of the Museum?
Handheld cameras using existing light are permitted for personal
use only. Images and footage may not be sold or used for any
promotional or commercial purposes without prior written
authorization by The California Museum. Flash photography is not
permitted because it can damage artifacts.
Any commercial or other unauthorized use of any
transmission, picture, film/type, writing, drawing, or other
depiction or description of any of The California Museum or the
exhibits on display including name, graphics or logo is strictly
prohibited without prior written approval by The California
Media must apply for credentials a minimum of 48 hours in advance
to tour, conduct interviews or photograph the Museum – no
exceptions. Please use the online media inquiries application to
submit requests for media tours, interviews, press images and
advance written authorization to photograph or film the Museum.
Can I use the Museum as a location for a film
Yes, the location is available to rent as a film shoot location
on an hourly basis and pricing varies by total number of hours on
download the attached form and submit with proof of
commercial liability insurance and an indemnification agreement
firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of 10
business days in advance of your requested date(s).
Please note that some areas of the Museum may not be used
for commercial shoots. For more information, please call
(916) 651-0934 during Museum office hours on Monday through
Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
What activities are available for kids?
Hands-on, interactive Activity Guides are available
online and at the
Museum, covering a variety of California history and culture
subjects. Visit our Family
Learning and Kids pages for more ideas on how to bring
history alive for your children and enhance their learning
Is the Museum accessible for visitors in
The Museum is wheelchair-friendly, and access to three levels is
provided by elevators. Wheelchairs are available on-site free of
charge for use while touring the Museum. Service animals are
Comments and suggestions on how the Museum can continue to
improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities are
encouraged. Please email us your
suggestions or concerns.
Does the Museum provide donations for fundraising and
Yes, the Museum provides membership donations to fundraising
events by non-profit organizations supporting K-12 education
within a 15-mile radius of our location only. Please review
policies and submit your request online at http://www.californiamuseum.org/post/donation-request
and allow 7 to 10 days for processing.
Does the Museum buy artifacts?
No, the Museum does not purchase artifacts. Items on display in
the Museum’s exhibits are on loan from outside parties and
Does the Museum provide values on historic
No, the Museum cannot provide estimates on the values of historic
items. We recommend locating a professional antique appraiser