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Visit The California Museum

As of Feb. 3, 2022, the California Museum is open with new hours and visitor protocols. 

Welcome! All the information to help plan your visit and purchase advance tickets can be found through the links below. Please be sure to read our COVID-19 guidelines before you arrive. We look forward to seeing you soon at the California Museum.

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COVID-19 Guidelines
Updated Oct. 11, 2022

To promote the safest possible environment for all, we ask visitors to observe the following guidelines:
  • Beginning Tuesday, October 11, 2022, masks are strongly recommended but no longer required. Masks are still required for events in the auditorium.* 
  • Masking best practices: 
    • Please wear an N95, KN95, KF94, or surgical mask. These types of masks are most effective at preventing the transmission of viruses. The mask must fit snugly and fully cover the nose and mouth.
    • Visitors using cloth masks, gaiters, bandanas, scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or masks with an exhalation valve in an area where masks are required will be asked to use a Museum-provided surgical mask instead.
    • Face shields are not allowed where masks are required, but may be worn over one.
  • Please do not visit if you aren’t feeling well, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 10 days, or have been exposed to someone who is ill.
  • Advance tickets are recommended. Tickets may be purchased and exchanged online at no charge until 1 hour before the scheduled time. For details or to purchase, visit Tickets section on the Hours, Admission & Tickets page. If you need assistance exchanging a ticket, please email reservations@californiamuseum.org
  • All visitors, including children, must have their own tickets.
  • Attendance is limited to 20 guests per half-hour; entry is through timed tickets.
  • Maintain social distance. Stay six feet away from others not in your group.
  • Keep moving through the galleries and avoid lingering in one area.
  • Use hand sanitizer. Dispensers are located throughout the galleries.
  • Download a visitor guide to conduct a self-guided tour.
  • Eating or drinking is not allowed inside the facility. Tables and chairs are available for visitors to consume food or drinks outside in Constitution Wall Courtyard.
  • Any visitor violating the guidelines above will be asked to leave.
Additional Information:
  • General admission check-in for visitors with pre-purchased tickets is available in the Museum Store. Please arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled time and have your ticket ready to show on arrival.
  • All Museum staff and volunteers are vaccinated and boosted. If any non-Museum building personnel are not  vaccinated, they are required to take weekly COVID-19 tests. All Museum and building staff and volunteers are required to wear masks at all times. 
  • Enhanced cleaning measures have been instituted.
  • Some small spaces where social distancing is not possible are closed.
  • Onsite Tours are available. Visit Field Trips, Group Visits and Onsite Tour Protocols pages for details and changes.
  • Group Tours are available during public hours, limited to a maximum of 40 visitors at a time. See page link for more information.
  • Online field trips are now booking, see page link for details. 
Other Operations:
  • Museum Store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm.
  • Facility rentals can be scheduled, subject to cancellation if required by public health guidelines in place at that time. For assistance, contact kmartin@californiamuseum.org.
  • For questions on operations not listed above, contact us at museuminfo@californiamuseum.org. Thank you for your patience, and we look seeing here you soon!

*A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask because of the disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act is exempt from this policy.

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Hours, Admission & Tickets

The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm. 

Masks are no longer required but highly recommended. Please see our Covid-19 policies page to learn more about what to expect during your visit.

Advance tickets¹ are recommended. Tickets may be exchanged for a different day or time slot up to one (1) hour in advance of ticket time. Please arrive no later than 20 minutes after your scheduled entry time. Sorry, no refunds provided for advance tickets. All visitors, including those qualifying for free admission, must have their own ticket.

Last admission is 4 pm.

For questions or assistance with admission or ticket exchanges, 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+)

$10  

Students & Seniors (65+) w/ID

$8²

Youth (6-17)

$8

Children (5 & under)

FREE³

Museum, NARM⁴ & Time Travelers member

FREE⁵                          

Free or reduced admission programs price varies
 
Museum Hours:

Tuesday-Saturday

Sunday

Monday

10 am – 5 pm

12 pm – 5 pm

Closed*

2022 Holiday Schedule:

Independence Day

July 4, 2022

Closed

Thanksgiving

November 24, 2022

Closed

Private Event

December 13, 2022

Closed

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2022

10 am – 3 pm

Christmas Day

December 25, 2022

Closed

New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2022

10 am – 3 pm

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

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.

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Visitor Guide

Download our digital Visitor Guide highlighting current exhibits, gallery maps, visitor etiquette and more to prepare for your visit and conduct a self-guided tour.

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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. For rates and more information, please visit the Department of General Services’ website.
  • Buses: Tour & school buses may park in the white bus loading zone located on 10th Street next to the Museum. Bus parking is available on a first come, first served basis and is not guaranteed.
  • 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: 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?

No, it is possible to purchase tickets at the door. However, advance tickets are recommended. Reservations for group discounts 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, but 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 indoors. There is a courtyard where you may consume refreshments.

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. Any restricted areas are indicated with signage.
  • 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 are 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?

The Museum features interactive exhibits and hands-on activities for kids ages 6 and older. Those wanting a more structured activity for their family can choose from one of several downloadable resources

Is the Museum accessible for visitors with disabilities?

  • 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.
  • Please contact us for any additional accommodation you may need. Comments and suggestions on how we can enhance accessibility for visitors with disabilities are encouraged. Please contact us at reservations@californiamuseum.org

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. 

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?

We’re sorry, 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 currently offer an 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.