Museum FAQs

Overview

Museum FAQs

Location

Archives Plaza | 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Located next to the Secretary of State, 1 block from the State Capitol.

Contact

General Information: (916) 653-7524 or museuminfo@californiamuseum.org

Museum Hours

Open Tues.- Sat.: 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Sun.: 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.; Closed Monday.

Admission

Adults: $9.00; College Students & Seniors w/ID: $7.50; Youth 6-17: $6.50; Kids 5 & under: free. Discounts are provided for groups of 10 or more who book 7 days or more in advance. For more information, please visit californiamuseum.org/tours.

Transportation/ Parking

The Museum is located at the Archives Plaza Light Rail stop. Visitor parking is available in metered spaces and in paid garages at: 10th Street between P and O Streets, 14th and P Streets, 10th Street between L and K Streets.

Museum Store

Offering a variety of unique California and exhibit-related items, the Museum Store is open Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Sun. 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and closed on Monday. For Museum Store inquiries, please call (916) 653-0650 or email store@californiamuseum.org

History

The California Museum opened on September 9, 1998 to showcase the materials of the California State Archives. Over the years, the vision and mission have grown to make the Museum a premier cultural destination with a goal of educating and inspiring visitors with the richness and diversity of California history, arts and culture.

Mission

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, its diversity and its unique influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art and culture. Through interactive experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to make a mark on history.

Education

A core program of the Museum is civic education, and a special focus is placed on serving young people who will become the future voters, decision makers and leaders of California. Approximately 50,000 students visit the Museum on K-12 field trip tours annually. For details on current programming, visit californiamuseum.org/education.

Exhibits

Exhibits and programs are designed to educate and inspire approximately 165,000 annual visitors highlighting California’s rich history and its impact on the world.

Long-term Exhibits:

  • California Hall of Fame
  • “California Indians: The First People”
  • “California’s Remarkable Women”
  • Constitution Wall
  • “Health Happens Here”
  • “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII”
  • Unity Center at California Museum

2018-19 Temporary Exhibits:

  • “The Sikh Project,” Oct. 27, 2018 – Jan. 27, 2019
  • “Before They Were Heroes: Sus Ito’s WWII Images,” Jan. 22 – Mar. 17, 2019
  • “Dolores Huerta: Revolution in the Fields / Revolución en los Campos,” Mar. 9 – July 7, 2019
  • “Making the Grade: California and the Transcontinental Railroad,” May 10 – Sept. 22, 2019
  • “¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege,” July 25 – Dec. 29, 2019
Facility Rentals

The California Museum is a unique setting for private events including parties, receptions, meetings, weddings and more. For more information, visit californiamuseum.org/rentals.

Funding

The California Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is funded through grants; donations from individuals, corporations and foundations; and earned income from admissions, facility rentals and Museum Store sales.

Board of Trustees

Richard S. Costigan III, Chair | Anne-Marie Petrie, Vice Chair | Chris Kahn, Secretary | Mike Cappelluti, Treasurer | Carol Dahmen | Pablo Espinoza | Natasha Fooman | Marlene Garcia | Jami Warner Goldstene | Steve Juarez | Meea Kang | Jackie Kinney | Drisha Leggitt | Nancy Lenoil (Ex-Officio) | Andrea Lepore | Lisa Mangat (Ex-Officio) | Kitty O’Neal | Brad Pacheco | Alex Padilla, Secretary of State (Ex-Officio) | Kristen Soares | Traci Stevens | Tina Thomas | Michael Ueltzen | Helen Yee