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California State Capitol and Museum

Address: 10th St btwn L & N Sts, Sacramento, CA
Phone Number: 916-324-0333
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Ranked #5 of 176 things to do in Sacramento
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government buildings, Architectural buildings, History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This 19th-century granite building, modeled after the U.S. Capitol, is home to the California...
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Type: Government buildings, Architectural buildings, History museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: This 19th-century granite building, modeled after the U.S. Capitol, is home to the California Legislature and houses a public museum.

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Lodi, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Last time I had visited the Capitol Building was when I was in the 7th Grade. I wanted to see what it was like after the major renovation 40 years ago. We took the guided tour which was well worth the time because the tour guide talked about the history of the building and what improvements had been made over... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

I need to get back to the train museum. I took the kids there when we first moved to Sacramento and we had a wonderful time. It is a large museum with many trains on display. I highly recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Great architecture! You can walk around the park, rest on the bench or go inside the building to see the old governors' offices and California counties' dioramas/display cases.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Having lived in the Sacramento area for a number of years and never having visited the capital and museum, we decided to take advantage of some extra time we had available and go visit. We were very pleasantly surprised by both the variety of different information and things to see and found this to be a great experience. The Volunteer... More 

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

The building has detailed and excellent architecture. It also has artwork and sculptures showing the state history. Definitely take a guided tour and watch government in action.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It was beautiful inside the building. People were very friendly and helpful. Did the guided tour which is free and learned a lot. The architectural details inside the building are beautiful.

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

Capitol grounds clean and well maintained. Numerous monuments throughout the park. In the spring and summer the rose garden near the VietNam Memorial is beautiful. Many weddings held there. The Capitol building is awesome and well maintained, too. Great place to hang out, maybe take a picnic lunch. Parking can be a challenge at times.

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Sacramento, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I went there with friends on Museum Day and went on a 45 min tour. The tour guide was great - informative, friendly, interactive, and interesting. I learned more about our government and would like to go back and sit in on a session of both the Assembly and the Legislature. It was interesting hearing about how the government used... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Way cooler than one might think. Sign up for the hourlong tour. Highlights include the Senate and Assembly chambers and a good dose of history. Explore the beautiful grounds and practice your tree ID. A nice walk through the Rose garden and deep reflection at the Vietnam memorial and your time is well spent. Good places to eat or enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Impressive structure in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Check out the grounds as well. Somehow the Capitol drew more visitors when the "Governator" was around but seeing where the legislative bodies(senate and assembly) converge surpasses who may be the governor at the time. Check this place out and I will bet you'll find it a worthwhile visit.

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