Exhibits at The California Museum

In the permanent exhibits, visitors can hop aboard a bus to hear immigrants tell their stories of coming to California, meet a ghost who recounts his family’s experience in California from the Gold Rush to the present, or step inside a theater to see how Hollywood has portrayed California. But you’ll never see the same thing at The California Museum twice: 6-7 special exhibits highlighting the people and places that make the Golden State unique are introduced annually.


Yosemite People
November 5, 2020 - June 27, 2021

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“Yosemite People” is a traveling photography exhibition chronicling the people who live, work and visit Yosemite National Park.

Developed by Exhibit Envoy and photographer Jonas Kulikauskas, the exhibition offers visitors a unique look at the complex and contradictory relationships between the park’s natural wonders and its inhabitants.

On view at the California Museum from November 5, 2020, through June 27, 2021, in recognition of the park’s 130th anniversary.


Small as a GIANT
January 20 - March 15, 2020

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This temporary exhibition featured the stories of California teens sentenced to life in prison before the age of 18 through original works by artist and activist Ise Lyfe.

Lyfe spent the last two years visiting inmates in prison and formerly-incarcerated people on location throughout California, collecting photographs and video that chronicle the impact of adult sentencing on youth.