The California Museum opened in 1998 as a privately-run 501(C)3 organization working in a unique partnership with the State of California to showcase the materials of the State Archives. Since then, the Museum's vision has expanded as it has grown into a premier institution with the mission to educate and enlighten visitors with California's diverse culture and inspire them to make a mark on history.
The California Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization funded by a variety of giving opportunities for individuals, corporations and foundations; and through earned income from admissions, facility rentals and Museum Store sales.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
Richard S. Costigan III, Chair | Anne-Marie Petrie, Vice-Chair | Dave Pringle, Treasurer | Pam Giarrizzo, Secretary | Dina Eastwood, Immediate Past Chair | Hilary Armstrong | Anthony L. Jackson (Ex-Officio) | Debra Bowen (Ex-Officio) | Mike Cappelluti | Carol F. Dahmen | Steve Juarez | Nancy Lenoil (Ex-Officio) |Lisa Ling | Robert Martin | Kitty O’Neal | Tina Thomas | Jami Warner | Helen Yee
Exhibits are designed to educate and inspire men, women and children about California’s rich history and its impact on the world.
Ongoing Signature Exhibits:
California Hall of Fame
California Indians: Making a Difference
California’s Remarkable Women
Constitution Wall - Sacramento’s largest public art piece
Health Happens Here
Uprooted! Japanese Americans during WWII
Short-Term Exhibits 2013-14:
Ray Eames: A Century of Modern Design - 2/23/13-2/23/14
The Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts From the Japanese American Internment Camps, 1942-1946 - 1/19-5/11/14
Women on the Brink - 1/31/14 - 4/27/14
Dig It! The Secrets of Soil - 5/1/14 - 3/29/15
A core program of The California Museum is civic education. A special focus is placed on serving the young people who will become the voters, decision makers and leaders of California in the new millennium. Approximately 50,000 students from all over the state visit The California Museum annually for a unique educational experience.
The Museum & Museum Store are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Closed Monday (except on federal holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Adults: $9.00; College Students & Seniors w/ID: $8.00; Youth 6-13: $7.00; Kids 5 & under: free. Discounts available for group tours booked a minimum of 7 days in advance. For more information, please call (916) 654-1729.
Free weekend parking is available for Museum visitors with proof of admissions purchase in a surface lot directly across the street from the Museum. Additional parking is available in metered on-street spaces and garages located at 10th Street between P and O Streets, 11th Street between O and P Streets, 14th and P Streets and 10th Street between L and K Streets.
The Museum is located at Regional Transit's Archives Plaza Light Rail stop.