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 Amtrak for fares and schedules.
Field trip and group tour buses may park in the bus loading zone located next to the Museum along 10th Street starting at the corner of O Street.
On weekends, free parking is available for Museum visitors in the surface street lot on the corner of 10th and O Streets directly across the street from the Museum, as well as for evening Museum events beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Do I need to make reservations to visit the Museum?
Reservations are only required for groups of 10 or more 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 greatly.
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.
Do you discount admission or tour fees for non-profit organizations?
No, the Museum does not offer non-profit organizations additional discounts on general admission or tour fees.
Reduced admission is provided for all group tours booked a minimum of 7 days in advance. For more information, please visit Tours page. In addition, a number of reduced or free general admission programs are also available. Please visit Special Offers & Promotions page for a list of current programming.
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 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 shoot?
Yes, the location is available to rent as a film shoot location on an hourly basis and pricing varies 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 note that some areas of the Museum may not be used for commercial shoots. For more information, please call (916) 651-0934 during Museum office hours on Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
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 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 silent auctions?
Yes, the Museum provides membership donations to fundraising events by non-profit organizations supporting K-12 education within a 15-mile radius of our location only. Please review policies 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 organizations.
Does the Museum provide values on historic items?
No, the Museum cannot provide estimates on the values of historic items. We recommend locating a professional antique appraiser
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.