A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, The California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California's rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires men, women and children to pursue the California dream and make a mark on history.
Amtrak is a convenient alternative to driving for many
out-of-town visitors in Northern California. Passengers may take
Sacramento Regional Transit’s Light Rail to the Archives Plaza
stop listed above, which is a 12 block ride on the Gold Line from
the train station at 4th and I Streets. Please visit
Amtak for fares and schedules.
Groups are invited to book a Museum tour a minimum of 7 days in
advance to take advantage of discounts on general admission
prices. Bookings are available during the Museum’s regular
business hours on a first-come, first served basis and are
subject to a maximum of 120 visitors per hour.
A variety of tour options for adult, school and youth groups are
offered, and in-depth learning programs led by Museum docents are
also available for an additional fee.
Free parking is available in the surface street
lot on the corner of 10th and O Streets
directly across the street from the Museum on Saturday and
Sunday, as well as for evening Museum events beginning at 5:30
Do I need to make reservations to visit the
Reservations are only required for groups and must be made one
week in advance. 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
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.
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 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
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
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 that align with the
institution’s mission statement. Please review 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
Located one block from the California State Capitol on the corner
of 10th and O Streets, The California Museum is a short distance
from many of the Sacramento region’s points of interest
highlighting California’s past and present. Enhance your visit to
the Museum by exploring more of the area’s historical and
cultural attractions listed on the sites below.