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 and unique
contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts
and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the
Museum inspires men, women and children to pursue the California
dream and make a mark on history.
*Students & Seniors 65+ must show valid ID at time of admission. ¹Children 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.
Lots & Garages: Surface street lots & hourly
garages are located throughout downtown Sacramento, including
the Capitol Garage at 10th & L Streets, the State of
California garage at 13th and P Streets and the Legado de Ravel
lot at 16th & O Streets. For rates & details, please
visit the City
of Sacramento’s Garage & Surface Street
10th Street Garage: The garage located at
Streetdirectly across the street from the
Museum isopen on weekdays and
Saturdays, however it is not recommended for weekday visitors
because it is often full. For rates and more information,
please visit the Department of General Services’ website.
Buses: Tour & school buses may use the white
bus loading zone located on 10th Street next to the Museum.
Public Transportation: To avoid weekday
traffic and parking difficulties, visitors are encouraged to
use public transportation. The Museum is easily accessible
using Regional Transit’s Light Rail and located at the Archives
Plaza stop. For details, please visit SacRT.com.
Do I need to make reservations to visit the
Reservations are only suggested for groups of 10 or more and must
be made one week in advance. Please visit the Group Tours page for more information.
How long does it take to tour the Museum?
A minimum of 60 minutes are recommended for visitors on a
self-guided tour, however the amount of time spent by individual
visitors can vary greatly. A minimum of 90 minutes is recommended
for group and field trip tours including a docent or special
Can I bring food and drinks inside the Museum?
No, food or beverages are not allowed inside exhibits. Please
finish your food and drinks in the lobby before entering
Do you discount admission or tour fees for non-profit
Sorry, additional discounts on admission or tour rates are not
offered to non-profit organizations.
Reduced admission is provided for all group tours booked a
minimum of 7 days in advance. For more information, please visit
In addition, a number of reduced or free general admission
programs are also available. Please visit Special Offers &
Promotions page for a list of current programs &
Can I take photographs or videos of the Museum?
The Museum’s policies on visitor photographs and
videos detailed below.
Visitor are permitted to take
photos or videos using a handheld camera & existing
light for personal use only.
Flash photography & additional
lighting are not permitted due to the potential for damage
On occasion, some exhibits do not
permit any photographs or video taken by visitors.
Restricted areas are indicated with signage and a security guard.
Media must coordinate all on-site
coverage with a staff member in advance to conduct
interviews and capture video or photographs. Press tours and
on-site coverage may be scheduled Monday through Friday from
9:00 am to 5:00 pm by appointment only. For details or to submit
a request, visit the media inquiries page.
Because the Museum is a
non-collecting institution and does not own most of
the items on display, authorization to film or photograph
exhibits is limited to media outlets for the purpose of news
Any commercial or other
unauthorized use of any transmission, picture, film/type,
writing, drawing, or other depiction or description of any of
the Museum or the exhibits on display including name,
graphics or logo are strictly prohibited.
Can I use the Museum as a location for a film or
The Museum may be rented for use as a shoot location on an hourly
basis, however on-location shoots are subject to approval of
spaces to be shot and all usage of footage in advance. Please
note some spaces may not be used for any commercial shoots, and
pricing varies by total number of hours on site.
Hands-on, interactive activities are available online and at the Museum,
covering a variety of California history and culture subjects.
Visit our Family Learning
and Kids pages for more
ideas on how to bring history alive for your children and enhance
their learning experience.
Is the Museum accessible for visitors with
For sight-impaired visitors,
complimentary iPod-based audio described tours for
the Unity Center are
available by request in the Museum Store. Braille guides for
Health Happens Here are available in the exhibit.
All new exhibit videos
include captioning. A few older videos are
not captioned; transcripts are available in the Museum
The Museum is wheelchair friendly,
and all three levels are accessible using the lobby
elevator. A complimentary wheelchair is available by
request in the Museum Store.
Service animals welcome.
Comments and suggestions on how we
can enhance accessibility for visitors with disabilities are
encouraged. Please contact us at (916) 654-1729 or email
Does the Museum provide donations for fundraising and
Yes, the Museum provides membership donations to fundraising
events by non-profit organizations supporting K-12 education
within a 15-mile radius of our location only. Please review
policies and submit your request online at http://www.californiamuseum.org/post/donation-request
and allow 7 to 10 days for processing.
Does the Museum buy or accept donations of
No, the Museum is a non-collecting institution and does not
purchase or accept donations of artifacts. For artifact
donations, please contact the California
Does the Museum provide values on historic
No, the Museum cannot provide estimates on the values of historic
items. For assistance with valuations, please see
the Smithsonian’s appraisals page.
Does the Museum provide history research or assistance
with history projects?
No, the Museum cannot provide historic research or assistance
with history projects since it does not employ research staff.
Please visit the Online Archives of
California for a list of institutions
maintaining California-themed collections. For help with History
Day projects, please see National History
Does the Museum provide internships?
Although the Museum does not offer a formalized internship
program, college students 18 years & older are welcome to apply
for Gallery Guide positions. Please visit Volunteer page for details &
Located one block from the California State Capitol on the corner
of 10th and O Streets, The California Museum is a short distance
from many of the Sacramento region’s points of interest
highlighting California’s past and present. Enhance your visit to
the Museum by exploring more of the area’s historical and
cultural attractions listed on the sites below.