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 | Tina Thomas, Secretary | Mike Cappelluti, Treasurer | Hilary Armstrong | Carol Dahmen | Dina Eastwood | Pablo Espinoza | Natasha Fooman | Marlene Garcia | Steve Juarez | Chris Kahn | Meea Kang | Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez | Drisha Leggitt | Nancy Lenoil (Ex-Officio) | Andrea Lepore | Lisa Ling | Lisa Mangat (Ex-Officio) | Kitty O’Neal | Alex Padilla, Secretary of State (Ex-Officio) | Bonnie Reiss | Kristen Soares | Traci Stevens | Michael Ueltzen | 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
We Are All Californians: Stories of Modern Immigration
2016 Short-Term Exhibits:
California Chrome: A Race for the Dream – November 10, 2015 – September 25, 2016
Kingdom of Dust: Drought & Decline in California’s Central Valley – February 2-May 1, 2016
Bear In Mind: The Story of the California Grizzly – February 16, 2016 – June 19, 2016
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 Museum annually for a unique educational experience.
The Museum & Museum Store are open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Monday and holidays, please visit hours page for current information.
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.