JULY-SEPTEMBER 2022 EXHIBITIONS & EVENTS

Press release

JULY

BANK OF AMERICA MUSEUMS ON US® FREE ADMISSION                    7/2 & 7/3/22

Free admission for all current Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® and U.S. Trust® cardholders through Museums On Us® with valid photo ID. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/mou-2022.  

BLUE STAR MUSEUMS
THROUGH 9/4/22

A collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, this program provides free admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members with current military ID. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/blue-star-museums-free-admission-0.

CALIFORNIA TIME TRAVELER CAMP
7/11/22 – 7/15/22

Young adventurers are invited to explore over 300 years of history, arts and culture in the California Time Traveler Camp. Ideal for kids ages 6 to 11, this week-long day camp offers engaging learning experiences as participants travel back in time to some of the state’s significant eras – and then journey into the future. A combination of exhibit tours and hands-on activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily itineraries begin on Monday in pre-statehood California and end on Friday as campers envision the future they want to live in. Admission: $275 per time-traveler. For details or to book a passage, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/california-time-traveler-camp-0.

PLANET OR PLASTIC?
THROUGH 8/7/22

The “Planet or Plastic?” exhibition examines the global plastic waste crisis and showcases innovators working to solve this urgent issue. Organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society, the national touring exhibition raises awareness and provides actionable steps visitors can take in their lives to reduce, reuse and recycle – or refuse – products with single-use plastic. The California Museum’s presentation of the exhibition also highlights California’s role in fighting plastic pollution through a supplementary display including portraits that Marin County artist Tess Felix has created entirely from plastics washed up on Northern California beaches. On view April 7 through Aug. 7, 2022. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/planet-or-plastic.

SUMMER SOIREE SERIES
7/21/22

Happening every third Thursday between July and September, this family-friendly gathering features local vendors, food and craft beer for purchase, music by DJ Jerry Schultz, artists, exhibit tours and more in the Constitution Wall Courtyard and throughout the Museum. This kickoff event celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage. Presented in partnership with The Creative Space. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/summer-soiree-series.

 

AUGUST

BANK OF AMERICA MUSEUMS ON US® FREE ADMISSION
8/6 & 8/7/22

Free admission for all current Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® and U.S. Trust® cardholders through Museums On Us® with valid photo ID. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/mou-2022.

SUMMER SOIREE SERIES
8/18/22

Happening every third Thursday between July and September, this family-friendly gathering features local vendors, food and craft beer for purchase, music by DJ Jerry Schultz, artists, exhibit tours and more in the Constitution Wall Courtyard and throughout the Museum. This month’s event centers around women-owned businesses. Presented in partnership with The Creative Space, For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/summer-soiree-series.

VOLUNTEER OPEN HOUSE
8/6/22

Free, informational event from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. offers prospective volunteers an overview of our program and requirements, as well as the opportunity to meet staff and tour current exhibits. Volunteer positions feature in-depth training, flexible schedules and benefits including free memberships, store discounts, volunteer outing invitations and more. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/volunteer-open-house-2022.

 

SEPTEMBER

BETWEEN 2 WORLDS: UNTOLD STORIES OF REFUGEES FROM LAOS
9/1 – 10/28/22

“Between Two Worlds” presents crucial stages of the Lao refugee experience, inviting visitors to contemplate ideas of “home” as seen through the eyes of people for whom the notion is precarious, and for those who have lived or are still living between two worlds. Developed by the Center for Lao Studies, this traveling exhibit highlights ways in which refugees from Laos exerted pressure on cultural norms, and how survival involved both radical loss and creative adaptation. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/between2worlds.

BANK OF AMERICA MUSEUMS ON US® FREE ADMISSION
9/3 & 9/4/22

Free admission for all current Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® and U.S. Trust® cardholders through Museums On Us® with valid photo ID. For more information, https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/mou-2022.

SUMMER SOIREE SERIES
9/15/22

Happening every third Thursday between July and September, this family-friendly gathering features local vendors, food and craft beer for purchase, music by DJ Jerry Schultz, artists, exhibit tours and more in the Constitution Wall Courtyard and throughout the Museum. This month’s event centers around California pop culture. Presented in partnership with The Creative Space, For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/summer-soiree-series.

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE MUSEUM DAY AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM
9/17/22

Free admission with advance registration during Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day at the California Museum. Ticketholders are invited to participate in the Museum’s #AmericanExperience, celebrating how immigrants contribute to the richness of our nation. Special activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. include self-guided tours of the temporary exhibition “Between 2 Worlds: Untold Stories of Refugees from Laos” on view through Oct. 28, 2022; docent-led tours, hands-on activities and a scavenger hunt exploring California immigration appropriate for ages 5 and up. For details or to register for tickets starting Wed., Aug. 17, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/smd-2022.

 

ONGOING PROGRAMS:

MUSEUMS FOR ALL

Organized by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, this branded access program encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. Those receiving food assistance benefits can gain reduced $2 admission for themselves and up to three guests by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/event/museums-all-low-income-access.

 

CONTINUING ONSITE EXHIBITIONS:

CALIFORNIA INDIANS: THE FIRST PEOPLE      

Initially developed under the direction of a Native Advisory Council in 2011, “California Indians: The First People” is the only exhibit of its kind in the state to present the unique contributions of California’s Native Peoples in their own voice. Through artifacts, original art, oral histories and an interactive language kiosk, the exhibit chronicles the histories and cultural legacies of over 100 tribes. Highlights include the Chipped Stone Bear, California’s official prehistoric artifact; baskets woven by Native artists; a fur cape owned by Ishi; and more. For details, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/california-indians.

CALIFORNIA MISSIONS: A JOURNEY ALONG THE EL CAMINO REAL

Designed to correspond with State standards for 4th grade students, this exhibit includes rare artifacts from Missions across the state, such as iron tools handmade at Mission Santa Barbara, a marriage registry document written by Father Junípero Serra, an 1893 painting of Mission San Luis Rey on an original tile from that mission and more. In addition, oral history brings this pivotal chapter of history into the present through the modern perspective of Andrew A. Galvan, the first Native curator of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. For details, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/california-missions.

HEALTH HAPPENS HERE 

Learn how and why your zip code determines how long and how well you live in the multimedia exhibit “Health Happens Here.” Discover what Californians are doing to build health in communities across the state in this interactive journey through all the places and all the ways health happens in California. Through a series of high-tech games and interactive stations, visitors explore key factors that affect health beyond traditional diet and exercise while earning points that can be donated to one of 10 charities to make health happen for all Californians. Winner of the American Alliance of Museum’s “Excellence In Exhibition” award, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/health-happens-here for more information.

GOLD MOUNTAIN: CHINESE CALIFORNIAN STORIES       

Discover the overlooked but significant history and contributions of Chinese Californians from the Gold Rush to the present in “Gold Mountain: Chinese California Stories.” This ongoing exhibit explores the history of Chinese immigrants who came to California in search of a better life and helped build the modern state while triumphing over racism and other obstacles with ingenuity and perseverance. In their stories, visitors will see the contributions Chinese Americans have made to our state’s economy, governance and culture. For more information, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/gold-mountain

UNITY CENTER AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM                          

Initiated in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes and launched in 2017, the Unity Center at the California Museum celebrates the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures. Featuring multimedia exhibits exploring significant chapters of California’s civil rights history and a state-of-the-art classroom, the interactive 4,000 sq. ft. gallery encourages visitors to find common ground while embracing their own individuality. Through advocacy tools and engaging educational programs, visitors are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others – regardless of belief, background, identity or gender. For details, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/unity-center.

UPROOTED! JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WWII      

Highlighting members of the Sacramento Japanese American community, this exhibit presents the history of immigration and mass incarceration during World War II, as well as their successful fight for redress for the loss of constitutional rights. Featuring replica barracks and guard tower, the display includes rare artifacts along with a video introduction by George Takei, an interactive map of the incarceration sites and oral history video kiosks. For details, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/uprooted-japanese-americans-during-wwii.

WOMEN INSPIRE: CALIFORNIA WOMEN CHANGING OUR WORLD

Developed in collaboration with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and a statewide advisory council of historians, this all-new long-term signature exhibit features the stories of Golden State women from the 1700s to present who inspire change and reflection on the ongoing struggle for equality. For more information, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/women-inspire

 

FREE ONLINE EXHIBITIONS:

CALIFORNIA HALL OF FAME

This all-new website explores the inspirational lives of California Hall of Fame’s 14th class inducted by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom on Oct. 12, 2021.  Highlights include interactive presentations and tribute videos on Ruth Asawa, Jerry Garcia, Larry Itliong, Phyllis Lyon, Del Martin and Ritchie Valens, along with a replay of the 14th class virtual induction and more.  For more information or to take a self-guided virtual tour, visit https://cahalloffame.org.

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS 2020

Launched in November 2020, this online exhibit features original works by California artists Francisco Franco, John S. Huerta, Oscar Magallanes, David Lozeau and Rob-O of I Love Sugar Skulls exploring the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2, which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California. For details or related programs, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/dotd-2020.

FIGHT FOR THE RIGHT: 100 YEARS OF WOMEN VOTING

Featuring artifacts, historic photographs and interactive activities, this online exhibit chronicles women’s struggle for the right to the vote from the mid-19th century to the ratification of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 26, 1920, drawing parallels to the ongoing fight for women’s equality that continues today. Developed in collaboration with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, who served as California’s representative on the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the project launched on Aug. 26. 2020, marking the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification. For details or to view, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/womens-vote-100-online.  

INDOMITABLE: THE STORY OF TOMMY KONO                         

Explore the life and legacy of legendary weightlifter Tommy Kono (1930-2016) in this all-new online exhibit presented in partnership with Google Arts and Culture for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Through historic photographs, video clips and artifact images, the virtual presentation chronicles the journey of the Sacramento native Japanese American who began weightlifting while incarcerated at Tule Lake and went on to set world records in four weight classes, becoming one of the greatest Olympic weightlifters of all time. For more information, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/tommy-kono.

KOKORO: THE STORY OF SACRAMENTO’S LOST JAPANTOWN  

Explore the experiences of local Japanese Americans in the early 20th century in the online version of “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown.” Featuring photographs from the private collections of community members, the exhibit documents the memories of a once-thriving community devastated first by forced removal during WWII and again by redevelopment in the 1960s. Developed in partnership with former residents of the lost neighborhood and author of “Sacramento’s Historic Japantown” Kevin Wildie, “Kokoro” was originally presented as an onsite exhibit in 2017 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, the presidential decree that led to the unconstitutional incarceration of 120,000 Japanese Americans. For more information or to view, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/kokoro.

VICE PRESIDENT KAMALA HARRIS: FIRST, BUT NOT LAST       

Explore the life and career of Vice President Kamala Harris in this new online exhibit launched on the eve of her historic inauguration as the United States’ first woman, first African American and first Indian American Vice President. Developed in partnership with the California State Archives, the virtual presentation documents the rise of the California native from her childhood in Oakland growing up as the daughter of immigrants to becoming the highest-ranking female elected official in American history. For more information or to view, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/kamala.

WOMEN INSPIRE: CALIFORNIA WOMEN CHANGING OUR WORLD

Discover the stories of selected Golden State women from the 1700s to the present who inspire change and reflection on the ongoing struggle for equality in the online version of “Women Inspire: California Women Changing Our World.” Developed in collaboration with California First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the online Google Arts and Culture project launched August 18, 2020—100 years to the day Tennessee became the 36th and final state to ratify the amendment granting the women’s vote. For more information or to view, go to https://www.californiamuseum.org/wi-online.

 

ABOUT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM:

The California Museum celebrates the Golden State’s history, arts, diversity and unique influence on the world. Established in 1998, the Museum is home to the official California Hall of Fame, Unity Center and more exhibitions inspiring visitors to make their mark on history. Located at 1020 O Street in the March Fong Eu Secretary of State complex, galleries are open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.. Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. General admission is $8-10. Learn more or get tickets at https://www.californiamuseum.org.