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California State Indian Museum

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Address: 2618 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone Number: 916-324-0971
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This museum explores a diverse range of Native American topics, from...

This museum explores a diverse range of Native American topics, from history to culture to art.

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This museum has done amazing things with a relatively small amount of space. Packed full of history and stories. I am really glad that we visited this museum.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum has done amazing things with a relatively small amount of space. Packed full of history and stories. I am really glad that we visited this museum.

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

If you have a desire to learn about the native americans this is the place to go. They had a variety of articles created by the natives.

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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172 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This is a place to learn plenty about native americans life and times in California. The baskets are terrific and are of different tribes and styles. The rest of the museum is informative and attractive. Small but well worth it. The staff was friendly and helpful.

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Canberra, Australia
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181 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

A small museum, and requiring alot of reading if you actually want to educate yourself, this is a nice little homage to Indian life.

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Tucson, Arizona
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44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

Compact museum with robust exhibits. It tells the story of the rich cultural heritage of the local Native Americans before and after the Spanish explorations and the Gold Rush. It is in the same park as Sutter's Fort. Well worth the visit.

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La Verne, California
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94 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Thinking that it is a state museum, I expected something a little bit bigger with a broader emphasis of California Indian history. While it is smaller than expected it still packs a punch with details about Native American life in the Sacramento valley. This is a great museum to introduce children to Native American life. They have a lot of... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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759 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 625 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This museum charges only $5, and is generally open daily 10-4, but packs a wealth of information about America's forgotten Indians - those from California. Lots of stories, lifestyle descriptions, how they got along with foreign Europeans (believe it or not, the Russians win this one, see fort Ross review), and what their lives are like now. Well worth the... More 

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Berkeley, California
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This little gem of a museum lies tucked away in the shade of Sutter's Fort, close to downtown Sacramento. Most folks aren't very well versed in the history of the California Indian tribes (except as linked to development of the Missions) - but this small, but mighty museum does a fantastic job of illustrating the many aspects of tribal life... More 

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Los Altos, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is not just about the historical tribes of California, but also about the integration (or not) of Native Americans into the culture. Especially interesting is the section on Ishi.

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Suisun City, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This museum is housed in a small building, but don't expect a 10 minute walk-through. Set aside at least an hour or more to visit because this place is packed with information about the native peoples of California. You will find lots of examples of tools, baskets, clothing, etc. with descriptions for everything. For young kids, there is a scavenger... More 

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