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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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Description: 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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Little-Known California History

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 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 11 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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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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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.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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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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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

One thing that I wasn't aware of was the history of the indian tribes in the Sacramento Valley. This museum is small but packed with a lot of information on life in the valley before being invaded by the Spanish and other Europeans. If you want to learn more about the native americans in the area, this is the place... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Well laid out , a good amount of information was available regarding the different tribes. The clothing and artifacts were great and seemed to be different that the last time we were there. Good place for the kids and adults alike

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a very interesting place for anyone who wants to know about California's native people. The Indian Museum is on the grounds of Sutter's Fort, and it's well worth a visit, especially if you are taking a look at the fort.

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