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The California Museum

1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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Ranked #42 of 98 Attractions in Sacramento
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
Description: This modern museum explores the history of California through a collection of exhibits and archives.
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English first
Sacramento, California, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This place was low attended. I assumed it was because of Black Friday after Thanksgiving, but the place wasn't very good. The first display area was on soda and diabetes and the next area was on Japanese Internment. The first floor items were political or irrelevant. The second floor displays were focused on the native heritage of the state. This... More

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Top Contributor
188 reviews 188 reviews
26 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

An interesting quick museum trip, it is worth it. Not enough time in the museum is spent on the early pre european California. Did enjoy the pieces on the Missions. Quite interesting. Not to sure if the Maria Shriver section did much for me. The Japanese internment piece was well done and glad to see it.

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Oakland, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Traveled in May! Using Sacramento Gold Card for the hotel guests! They at time had exhibit about "Junk Drinks" Interesting, many ill effects for those that drink these kind drinks! I so glad I cannot stand drinks as these, the carbonation makes me vomit! I also like hands on exhibits! One area, get piece paper, rub over the picture! Rubbed... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

I can't believe they charged us $8.50 each. We were out of there in 15 minutes. Like so many 'museums' these days this one is geared for elementary school field trips. Lots of space, lots of photo exhibits. Wow. It's no wonder we were the only ones there. What a waste of state funds. T

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Folsom California USA
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

So many interesting exhibits - something for everyone culminating with the "wall" - a moving and patriotic piece that you must see and hear about to understand. Hidden gem of a museum.

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Elk Grove, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

As a fourth grade teacher, I've been brining my classes on field trips here for years. It is well worth the time to take a trip through. Don't miss Constitution Wall out the back doors. Ask for directions; it's not obvious.

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Grass Valley, CA
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

It's been about 20 years since we were last there and went back on a whim when we were in the area. Close to the river, shopping, restaurants, etc. Definately worth a couple hours of your time.

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Sacramento, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

on different trips over the years, there is always something new. The stories of the individual people and objects is compelling. Might be hard for visually impaired people, I read aloud for someone who was with me.

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Victorville, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you lived in California or watched TV, you already know what is inside this museum. It really just seemed like a review of what I already knew about this state. There seems to be very little new things to learn or items to see that I could have seen on the internet. There is very little about the early... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

I used to LOVE this museum; so much I even voulnteered here. So much has changed; and not for the better. I loved making the exhibits and help curating (sic?). But it amount they have to offer and show you that doesn't ever change is very little. About 55% of the museum is permanent exhibits and never change. & the... More

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