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Governor's Mansion

1526 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #18 of 99 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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Minneapolis, MN
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156 reviews 156 reviews
101 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I can see why the Reagans were the last Governors to live here. While elegant, unique and charming, it was all that when it was built in 1906, before electricity, central AC and modern plumbing. Everything else has been added since, but even at that it's still only a 1950's kitchen. Great place to visit, but you wouldn't want to... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

It was a wonderful mansion tour that I would highly recommend if you like looking at and learning about beautiful old mansions. The tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable and it was completely free! You can only see the house if you go on tour, which leave on the hour, every hour during normal business hours.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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387 reviews 387 reviews
106 attraction reviews
372 helpful votes 372 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We arrived in Sacramento Sunday afternoon and checked into our motel with just enough time, we thought, to get the last tour of the Governor's Mansion. It was quite a few blocks from our motel, but since there is only street parking for the mansion, we didn't want to risk not finding a place to park. We were glad we... More

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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Really interesting tour of the mansion. The guides were excellent and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.

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West Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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111 reviews 111 reviews
52 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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249 reviews 249 reviews
110 attraction reviews
268 helpful votes 268 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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186 helpful votes 186 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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