In addition to the Museum's signature exhibits, the Museum produces 6-7 short-term exhibits highlighting people, places and stories not commonly known. Short-term exhibits currently on display include:
“California Missions: A Journey Along the El Camino Real”
explores the 21 religious and military outposts founded by
Spanish Catholic missionaries of the Franciscan Order on “The
Beginning with Mission San Diego de Alcalá founded in 1769 and
ending with Mission San Francisco Solano founded in 1823, the
California Missions served as the first major European effort to
colonize the Pacific Coast, which gave Spain a valuable toehold
in the New World. In addition to introducing livestock, farming
and ranching to the region, the settlers of “Alta California”
assisted the quest to expand the Spanish Empire in North American
by assimilating the indigenous population into European culture
and the Catholic religion as citizens of Nueva España, or “New
Secularized by the Mexican government in 1833, the Missions
represent a pivotal chapter of California history, covering the
period of the state’s transformation from an untamed wilderness
to a thriving frontier on the verge of American statehood.
Celebrating the centennial of legendary designer Ray Eames, this all-new exhibition is the first to explore the early life and work of the Sacramento native who broke barriers during an era of limited opportunities for women in the arts. Although the work of Eames Office is well-known for innovations in modern architecture, furniture, films, toys, photography, textiles, exhibition design and more, Ray Eames often remains often overlooked or mistaken for the brother of her husband and business partner, Charles, in history.
Co-created in partnership with Eames Office, the exhibit features new information on Ray’s early life in Sacramento and work produced prior to meeting Charles in 1941, as based upon research conducted by Carla Hartman, Education Director of Eames Office, which played a central role in the project’s development. In addition, the exhibit also chronicles well-known Eames Office projects produced by Ray and Charles from 1941-1988, providing new insight on Ray’s ground-breaking role as the equal partner of Charles.
Including over 100 original works and rarely-seen artifacts from Eames Office and the Eames family’s collections, the exhibit provides a new perspective on Ray’s 60-year career in the arts, along with her significance in history as one of the 20th century’s most influential – yet largely unknown – artists, whose influence continues to shape design today.
Created to welcome travelers to California’s capitol city, a
special installation at Sacramento International Airport’s
Terminal B engages and entertains visitors with an introductory
overview of the Golden State’s inspirational history.
Artifacts include panels of notable California Hall of Fame
inductees including Clint Eastwood, Amelia Earhart and Serena
Williams along with Minerva from the state seal, innovative
CA-created items like the iPod and more.
“Only in California, Only at Sacramento International Airport”
continues as an ongoing exhibit.