Hours, Admission & Tickets


Hours, Admission & Tickets
Updated Oct. 20, 2021

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm with new protocols and admission rates as detailed below.

Visitor Policies effective Oct. 20, 2021:

To avoid crowding, admission is limited to a maximum capacity of 20 visitors per half hour.

Visitors are encouraged to purchase an advance ticket¹ for a specific time slot to guarantee entry. Advance tickets are available in half-hour increments and may be exchanged for a different day or time slot up to one (1) hour in advance of ticket time. Visitors who arrive later than 20 minutes after their timed ticket will forfeit entry. Sorry, no refunds provided for advance tickets. All visitors, including those qualifying for free admission, must have their own advance ticket or pay walk-up admission at the time of arrival.

Walk-up admission is available on a first-come, first-served basis and subject to a maximum capacity of 20 visitors per half hour. Last admission is one hour before closing.

For questions or assistance with admission, please call (916) 653-0650 during Museum hours listed below or email reservations@californiamuseum.org during administrative hours Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Admission & Tickets:¹

Adults (18+)


Students & Seniors (65+) w/ID


Youth (6-17)


Children (5 & under)


Museum, NARM⁴ & Time Travelers member


Interim Hours:


10 am – 5 pm



2021-22 Holiday Schedule:

Thanksgiving Day

November 25, 2021


Christmas Day

December 25, 2021


New Year’s Day

January 1, 2022


¹By submitting an online reservation, you agree to receive our emails. For details or to opt-out, see our Privacy page.

*K-12 field trips available Monday-Wednesday by appointment. For assistance or to place a reservation, contact the education department at (916) 654-1729 or reservations@californiamuseum.org.

²Students & Seniors 65+ must show valid ID at time of admission. 

³Children 5 & under free with paid adult admission. 

NARM reciprocal admission not extended to members of institutions that restrict California Museum members or on fundraising and ticketed events. 

Museum and reciprocal members show current membership card at time of admission.