In the permanent exhibits, visitors can dance to reveal their own custom-made identity collage, nominate their own inspiring woman, or interact with a giant video wall to hear recent immigrants’ stories of adapting to new lives in California. But you’ll never see the same thing at the California Museum twice: temporary exhibits highlighting the people who make the Golden State special are always changing.
In addition to long-term signature exhibits, each year the Museum presents multiple short-term exhibits about the state’s history, arts and culture, with an emphasis on its diversity and on stories not often told. We don’t have any short-term exhibits on view right now, but please check out our upcoming exhibits page to see what’s up next.
Celebrating the state’s spirit of creativity, “Día de Los Muertos 2021: Espíritus Creativos de California” (“Day of the Dead 2021: Creative Spirits of California”) honored innovative Californians Eazy-E, Carrie Fisher, Ishi, Charles M. Schulz and John Steinbeck through original works by California artists Roberta Alvarado, Francisco Franco, John Hancock and Juan Ramos of John Juan Art, John S.
The updated traveling photography exhibit “Gambatte! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit” returned for a second installation at the California Museum August 5 through November 7, 2021.
A visual exploration of the Japanese concept of “gambatte” (or to triumph over adversity), it featured contemporary photographs of Japanese Americans who survived mass incarceration during WWII taken by photojournalist Paul Kitagaki Jr. of The Sacramento Bee, paired with historic images by U.S. War Relocation Authority photographers including Dorothea Lange.
“Fight for the Right: 100 Years of Women Voting” was developed in collaboration with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who served as California’s representative on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, to celebrate the 19th Amendment’s centennial.