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.
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.
“¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege” explores the historic censorship, whitewashing, neglect and destruction of Southern California murals from the 1960s and 1970s Chicana/o Movement. Used to express pride and frustration and to challenge the status quo, the murals gave the Mexican American community a voice during an era of limited representation.
Discover the transcontinental railroad’s Golden State history in a new exhibit celebrating the 150th anniversary of the route’s completion.
Based on an online exhibit developed by the California State Archives, the installation features historic documents and maps drawn from its collections.