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Address: 2618 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone Number: 916-324-0971
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Small but interesting

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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177 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank Ronni68
Tucson, Arizona
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30 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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91 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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
661 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 571 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 

1 Thank etweeden
Berkeley, California
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84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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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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.

Thank Hattie_Sr
Suisun City, California
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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 

1 Thank OriginalGT
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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63 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

There is a richness of treasures to discover within these small walls. Truthfully, it should be ten times its size, but its a lovely way to spend some time whenever you're able.

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9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is located right beside Sutters Fort and should not be missed. Entrance is $5 and although only small is really worth it. So many interesting photos and exhibits and guides in museum are very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

Thank TCM13
Sacramento, California, United States
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153 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The history of Native Americans in California is not prominent enough - this is a small museum but worth the trip.

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