Museums

Your Pass To Discovery

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!

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Aerospace Museum of California

The Aerospace Museum of California explores the history of aviation and space flight technology through hands-on learning. Pilot your own adventure by discovering our 40+ historic aircraft and rockets, hands-on aviation and space-themed exhibits, and our fun STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities for explorers of all ages.

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California Agriculture Museum

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.

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California Automobile Museum

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.

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California Museum

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.

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California State Capitol Museum

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.”

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California State Library

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.

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California State Railroad Museum

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.

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Crocker Art Museum

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.

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Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum

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.

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Fairytale Town

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.

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Leland Stanford Mansion

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.

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Locke Boarding House Museum

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.

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Maidu Museum

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.

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Museum of Medical History

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.

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Roseville Utility Exploration Center

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.

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SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity

MOSAC piques curiosity and sparks imagination in our guests of all ages with hands-on interactive exhibits and programming that explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Sacramento Children’s Museum

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

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Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

Established in 1849 and is the oldest public cemetery west of the Mississippi River. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places is a California Historical Landmark, and a City of Sacramento historic resource.

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Sacramento History Museum

Home to the Underground Tours, and located in the historic Old Sacramento Waterfront district, the Sacramento History Museum shares the triumphs as well as the tragedies of the diverse communities and immigrants that make up the tapestry of Sacramento’s past and present.

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Sacramento Regional Fire 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.

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Sojourner Truth African American Museum

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.

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State Indian Museum

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.

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Sutter’s Fort

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.

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Verge Center for the Arts

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.

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