With 32 museums and destinations, the Sacramento region is rich with culture, events and education. Each of our museums offer unique things to do, learn and experience. Whether you're looking for art, history, science or wildlife you will find it here. Check out all of the museum's below to see what they are up to!
Aerospace history is a remarkable story, and it all unfolds here at the Museum. Explore the exhibits, sit in the cockpit of an airplane, learn the stories of these aircraft first hand or explore the wonders of space. The Museum is truly a place where dreams take flight.
Though Sacramento has grown into a bustling cosmopolitan city, the region's roots are firmly planted on the farm. Just a short drive from downtown Sacramento, the California Agriculture Museum is the home of the Heidrick Tractor Collection & Event Center and showcases the marvels of agriculture and commercial trucking with 130,000 square feet of interactive one-of-a-kind exhibits and the world's largest collection of antique agricultural equipment.
Experience automotive evolution at the California Automobile Museum. From the invention of the car and into the future, our exhibits include modern and classic vehicles from all over the world.
Home of the official California Hall of Fame, the California Museum educates, enlightens and inspires visitors on California’s rich history and legacy of influence on the world through ideas, innovation, the arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative exhibits and programming, the Museum inspires men, women and children to dream the California dream and to make their own mark on history.
Inspired by California's unique and rich history of pharmacy, the Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum is just what the doctor ordered. Come celebrate the role of the pharmacist in promoting the health and well-being of Californians since the state's inception in 1850.
Want to rub elbows with California’s most influential decision makers? The general public has been able to do just that since the State Capitol building opened its doors in Sacramento in 1869. Museum exhibits and historical items offer a glimpse into California’s political past while the rest of the building acts as a “living museum.” Of course, California’s elected officials just refer to the Capitol as “the office.”
Located across the street from the historic State Capitol in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the neo-classical Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Building at 914 Capitol Mall was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the impressive museum complex offers a first-hand glimpse of rail history and offers the area's only historic and authentic excursion train rides (April thru September). The California State Railroad Museum Library is located adjacent to the Museum on the second floor of the Big Four Building.
The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, was one of the first art museums in the U.S. and is now one of the leading art institutions in California. The Crocker features one of the country’s finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as collections of European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art.
Since 1959, Fairytale Town has been a treasured place of laughter, memories, learning and family fun. Favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes are the backdrop for more than 25 colorful play sets in this non-profit children’s park and educational center. The park is also home to a family of 22 rare and miniature breed animals, three interactive learning gardens and two performing arts stages.
The Folsom Historical Society showcases exhibits about Folsom's native people, the discovery of gold in California and the formation of mining camps, ethnic groups who contributed to this area, the formation of the town, and later efforts at gold mining. Guests are encouraged to try their luck at a gold panning demonstration, examine artifacts from the old dredging days and observe early Pioneer tools, all showcasing the different eras of Folsom's development.
Leland Stanford, former California governor, railroad tycoon and founder of Stanford University, purchased what would become this elegant mansion for $ 8,000 in 1861. A recent restoration has recaptured the mansion's Victorian grandeur. Serving as the governor's office prior to the opening of the State Capitol, today it is the State's official location for diplomatic and protocol receptions, but non-diplomats can enjoy its grandeur on daily tours.
The Boarding House was built in 1909 to board workers of the Southern Pacific Railroad and the shipping warehouse in the Sacramento River Delta. In 2008 it became the Locke Boarding House, an unit of the State Park system. The exhibit and research facility are operated by California State Park and Locke Foundation.
The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers a unique cultural haven for families and individuals who want to experience the life ways and culture of the Nisenan Maidu who called this location home for thousands of years . While the Museum presents interactive exhibits and displays, the outside trail wanders through the Historic Site and offers visitors a chance to see the lasting cultural landmarks via hundreds of bedrock mortar holes and deeply carved petroglyphs.
Experience the evolution of medicine from the Gold Rush to today in this unique museum presented by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Exhibits include an iron lung, patent medicines and pharmacology, antibiotics and infectious diseases, Asian medicine, nursing, radiology, quackery and plenty of other tools that will make you grateful for today's modern medicine.
The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse allows you to experience California's early days of education in a living replica of an 1800s one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy the photographs, books, pot-bellied stove, desks and other antique items from the Gold Rush era, but be on your best behavior, or the schoolmarm might make you stay late and clap the dust off the erasers.
The Roseville Utility Exploration Center is a one-of-a-kind learning center focused on inspiring stewardship of resources in everyday life. The Center teaches energy conservation, waste reduction, water-use efficiency, recycled water, watershed protection and wastewater management in a fun and engaging way. While you’re here, explore our hands-on exhibit hall, pick up a free Planet Protector comic book, participate in a green living workshop and join us at one of our community events.
For nearly 70 years, MOSAC or the SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity (formerly Powerhouse Science Center) has been bringing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experiences to life for Sacramento and its surrounding communities. MOSAC’s new building, located at 400 Jibboom Street in
The Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) is designed for children, eight and younger, to "learn-by-doing!" At SCM we encourage families to explore, create and inspire. SCM includes hands-on exhibit areas featuring art, water, airways and raceways, a giant Lite Brite and fun activities. There is also s
There's much more to see at Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery than you might first think. A true outdoor museum, the cemetery is adorned with ornate statues, dramatic markers and lush gardens, providing a great record of California's history from the Gold Rush Era through today. Keep an eye out for the popular "Lantern Tours" held in October.
Formerly the Discovery Museum History Center, the Sacramento History Museum is a true celebration of all aspects of life in Sacramento over the past 200 years. The Museum tells the stories of our city founders, rivers, the Gold Rush, agriculture, the media, industry, culture and more. If it happened in Sacramento, it's happening at the Sacramento History Museum.
The Sacramento Regional Fire Museum is located in West Sacramento and it's launch in November of 2019 was 30 years in the making. The Fire Museum was founded to preserve and educate on the history of the firefighting service in the Sacramento Region.
At the Sacramento Zoo, we lead with animal welfare, but our dedication doesn’t stop there. We are also proud to inspire appreciation, understanding, and respect for all living things through stimulating educational opportunities, wholesome recreation, and compassionate and innovative animal care. From train rides to giraffe encounters, wildlife stage shows to events, private rentals and world-class education programs and veterinary care the zoo truly offers something for everyone.
Named in honor of the celebrated abolitionist and women's rights activist, the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum is dedicated to bringing African, Asian, Hispanic and Native American art to the general public.
Long before the Gold Rush, Native Americans made their home in California. The State Indian Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into California’s history and illustrates California Indian culture, arts and the lifestyle of our state’s earliest inhabitants. Included are hands-on exhibits, which offer you the chance to try traditional Native American tools for yourself.
All aspiring pioneers will want to mosey on over to Sutter's Fort. Sacramento's road to cityhood can be traced back to this structure, built beginning in 1839, where John Sutter offered supplies and rest to pioneers. As the region's original commerce center, the fort offered a blacksmith shop, bakery, living quarters and more. Be on the look out for a colorful bunch of costumed "living history" docents who call the park home.
Founded in 2008, Verge Center for the Arts is a nonprofit arts organization focused on the promotion and support of contemporary art in the Sacramento region. In addition to onsite artist studios, Verge Center for the Arts offers expansive gallery space, community education and a one-of-a-kind printmaking lab.
Gold Rush history comes alive inside the magnificent five story atrium of Wells Fargo Center on Capitol Mall. Discover an authentic 1866 Abbot-Downing stagecoach, a working telegraph line, an impressive collection of gold specimens from the nearby foothills where gold was first discovered in California, interactive exhibits about the history of stagecoaches and the men who guarded the treasure they carried.
The first half century of Wells Fargo’s history coincided with the most explosive growth in transportation and communication technology the world has ever known. Journeys that once took months could be completed in days and messages that took weeks could be sent in minutes. Wells Fargo employed every technological advance to bring new and better services to its banking and express customers.