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Visit The California Museum

The Museum will be temporarily closed starting at 5 p.m. on March 13, 2020. Learn more

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.

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Hours & Admission

The Museum will be temporarily closed starting at 5 p.m. on March 13, 2020. Learn more
Admission:

Adults (18+)

 

$9.00  

Students & Seniors (65+) w/ID

 

$7.50*

Youth (6-17)

 

$6.50

Children (5 & under)

 

FREE¹

Museum, NARM & Time Traveler members

 

FREE^

Hours:

Monday

                                                                              

Closed   

Tuesday-Saturday

 

10 am - 5 pm

Sunday    

         

12 pm – 5 pm

2020-21 Holiday Schedule:

New Year’s Day

January 1, 2020           

Closed

Independence Day

July 4, 2020

Closed

Thanksgiving Day

November 26, 2020

Closed

Christmas Day

December 25, 2020

Closed

New Year’s Day

January 1, 2021

Closed

*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. 

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Visitor Guide

Prepare for your visit with our printable Visitor Guide highlighting current exhibits, gallery maps, visitor etiquette and more.

To download and print, click on link to the Adobe Acrobat PDF file below.

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FAQs & Accessibility

Does the Museum have parking?

The following options are available for visitors:

  • On Street: Metered on-street spaces are available. For rates, hours & more information, please visit City of Sacramento’s Parking Services page.
  • 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 page. 
  • 10th Street Garage: The garage located at 1500 10th Street directly across the street from the Museum is open 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.
  • Bike Parking: Racks for a limited number of bikes are available on the corner of 10th & O Streets in front of the Museum, and to the left of the Secretary of State building entrance on 11th Street between O & P Streets
  • 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 Museum?

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 program.

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 galleries.

Do you discount admission or tour fees for non-profit organizations?

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 Tours page.

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 & offers.

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 to artifacts.
  • 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 coverage.
  • 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 photography shoot?

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.

To submit a request, please download an on-location shoot form and submit with proof of commercial liability insurance and an indemnification agreement to museuminfo@californiamuseum.org a minimum of 5 business days in advance.

What activities are available for kids?

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 disabilities?
  • 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 Store.  
  • 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 reservations@californiamuseum.org
Does the Museum provide donations for fundraising and silent auctions?

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 artifacts?

No, the Museum is a non-collecting institution and does not purchase or accept donations of artifacts. For artifact donations, please contact the California State Archives

Does the Museum provide values on historic items?

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 Day page.

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 & application.

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Enhance Your Museum Visit

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.

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Temporary Closure

The California Museum will be temporarily closed to the public to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus until further notice. We closed at 5 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020 and will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

We made this difficult decision to protect the health and safety of visitors, volunteers, staff and the communities we serve, after careful consideration of public health authorities’ recommendations on social distancing. We are committed to doing our part to help curb the outbreak and will continue to monitor the situation. 

During this challenging time, we urge our constituents and community to continue taking precautions, including frequent hand washing, practicing social distancing and reviewing updates from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, California Department of Public Health and the Sacramento County Department of Public Health

Museum staff are working remotely and are ready to assist with any questions you may have. There may be delays in responding to voicemail messages; email inquiries are recommended for a quicker response.

Detailed updates on specific departments as of March 20, 2020 are listed below and will be updated as the ongoing situation continues to unfold. 

  • Upcoming exhibits‘ opening dates are delayed, and new dates will be published as soon as a reopening date is determined. To be notified of new exhibit opening dates, sign up to receive our e-news.
  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day on April 4, 2020 was cancelled by the Smithsonian Institution on March 12, 2020. To be notified when this event is rescheduled, sign up to receive our e-news.
  • Volunteer Open House on April 23, 2020 is cancelled. To be notified about the next event or for questions, contact volunteer@californiamuseum.org.
  • California Time Traveler Camp program in June and July is scheduled to proceed; however changes may be made in compliance with public health authorities’ recommendations. For questions or assistance, contact reservations@californiamuseum.org.
  • Memberships are on hold until further notice. Applications for new or renewed accounts starting March 1, 2020 will be processed as soon as it is safe for staff to return to our administrative offices. Expiration dates will be extended accordingly. To be notified when memberships are available again, please visit the Membership page.
  • Tour cancellation fees will be waived if your group was scheduled to visit during the closure or if your group had to cancel due to COVID-19. For assistance or to reschedule, contact the education department at reservations@californiamuseum.org.
  • Facility rentals are cancelled until further notice. Deposits for rentals impacted by COVID-19 may be applied toward a future event or refunded. Refunds will be processed as soon as it is safe for staff to return to our administrative offices. For assistance, contact kmartin@californiamuseum.org.
  • Job openings have been postponed until further notice, and applications will be accepted as soon as it is safe for staff to return to our administrative offices. Please visit this webpage for re-opening date announcement.
  • Distance learning materials aligned with K-12 California State Content and Common Core standards are in development and will be available to download shortly. For questions or assistance, contact the education department at reservations@californiamuseum.org.

For questions on operations not listed above, please don’t hesitate to contact us at museuminfo@californiamuseum.org. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to reopening soon!