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Governor's Mansion

1526 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #17 of 96 attractions in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Group tours/day tour
Description: Built in the late 19th century, this mansion was the official residence of the state's governor through the late 1960s.
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West Sacramento, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It was interesting to see that the house was constructed to avoid flooding with nothing spared on details: parquet flooring, marble fireplaces and door knobs and hinges. In addition to all of the changes and improvements that were made over the years, there are things purchased by the various governors who lived there, e.g., a 1950 TV and window AC... More

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London, United Kingdom
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109 reviews 109 reviews
50 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so go another day and be there earlier rather than later in the day. Very knowledgeable and friendly guide for a tour seeing the extraordinarily luxurious house built by the original owner who made his money in the hardware trade in the late 1800s. Elaborate fittings everywhere, even door hinges and lighting. A predominance of... More

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Winnipeg Canada
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242 reviews 242 reviews
107 attraction reviews
257 helpful votes 257 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Phone ahead to get the time for the tour. You can only see the mansion if you are on a tour. The guide was well informative.

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Orlando, Florida
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272 reviews 272 reviews
153 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The house is in desperate need of improvement. The $5 per person fee may not be worth it if you have a large family. The first two floors are decorated, the top floor is completely empty. Governors have not chosen to live here for a very long time.

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Sacramento, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Loved this place. It covers so many years in California history from the Gold Rush to Jerry Brown's family. He lived here as a kid while his dad was governor. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the visit.

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Tulare, Ca
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Loved visiting the Governor's Mansion and going back a moment in time. The tour guide that lead the hour long tour was full of helpful information. There was a special needs child in the tour group and our docent was very attentive to her needs. The mansion is grand and stately. I don't understand why Mrs. Reagan did not want... More

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Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Today, it is used by Gov Jerry Brown to host dinners. In the past, it was lived in by the governor's family. It shows the changes in architecture, along with interior design over the years.

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Sacramento, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I visited the mansion in August of 2012. It was hot and uncomfortable and I didn't enjoy it very much. This time it was a mild day (early May) and it was much more enjoyable. The 3rd floor is open and in the next few months they will be painting the first 2 floors - it should make it a... More

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Westchester (LA), CA
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100 reviews 100 reviews
36 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

As a native Californian who had visited the mansion once as a teen, I was enchanted by the beautiful Victorian heritage of this mansion as well as its political history and the powerful 13 governors' families that had lived there 64 years! The 3rd floor ballroom refurbishment was completed in Nov. '13 per the park's guide, and so the tour... More

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Sacramento, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Our present Governor meets and eats with people once in awhile and who ever is lucky to be invited can not say enough about this gorgeous house.

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