On weekdays, parking is available in metered spaces on the street and hourly garages within a few blocks. On weekends, free parking is available in a surface street lot on 10th and O Streets. Please visit the Directions page for more information and parking alternatives.
Do I need to make reservations to visit the Museum?
Reservations are only required for groups. Please visit the Group Tours page for more information.
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 greatly.
Can I bring food and drinks inside the Museum?
Food or beverages are not allowed inside the exhibits. Please finish your food and drinks before arriving at the Museum.
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 Museum.
Media must apply for credentials a minimum of 48 hours in advance to tour, conduct interviews or photograph - no exceptions. Please call (916) 651-0934 during Museum Office hours on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information or to request media credentials.
Can I use the Museum as a location for a film shoot?
If you are interested in using the Museum as the location for a film shoot, the location is available to rent on an hourly basis and prices vary by total number of hours on site. Please download the attached form and submit with proof of commercial liability insurance and an indemnification agreement to firstname.lastname@example.org a minimum of 10 business days in advance of your requested date(s).
Please call (916) 651-0934 during Museum Office hours on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm for more information.
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 experience.
Is the Museum accessible for visitors in wheelchairs?
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 welcome.
Comments and suggestions on how the Museum cab continue to improve accessibility for visitors with disabilities are encouraged. Please email us your suggestions or concerns.