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California State Indian Museum

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Address: 2618 K St, Sacramento, CA 95816-5104
Phone Number: 916-324-0971
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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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Brief glimpse of treasured history

Objects give a sense of the rich and deep culture and lives of California's first citizens. I would like to see a more cohesive examination of the different tribes; even more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2016
San Francisco, California
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Bella Vista, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We came here for a 4th grade class trip. It's a small museum. Not much for kids to actually touch; everything in glass cases. I think its more suited for adults or older children.

Thank Leona M
Los Angeles
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I have an interest in history but could have skipped this tiny museum. Nothing here of interest at all and it is very, very small.

Thank DrMitch
Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

interesting (if small) collection of Indian artifacts, attached to Sutter's Fort. Nice shaded parking, good place to teach & learn local history.

Thank LoveToTravelSamson
San Francisco, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

We entered the facility and were treated with great respect. They gave us an overview of the museum and informed us not to take photo's. My grand children and grand nice were with us and they were able to go through the displays with the rangers of the museum giving them a tour. The children were given a sheet of... More 

Thank Gerald W
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Objects give a sense of the rich and deep culture and lives of California's first citizens. I would like to see a more cohesive examination of the different tribes; even more objects; more depth. The space is pretty constrained, however, and I'm just glad that this museum exists because there is a huge story to tell.

Thank JWP8
Merced, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

In what I think is a way too small building with too few exhibits and not even a skim-the-surface level of the info provided about the over 150 Sovereign Tribal Nations, is the best we have in California for a California Native American Indian museum. I've been to National Museum of the American Indian in D.C. It covered all NDNs... More 

Thank Clyde H
Everett, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Excellent displays and examples, but a classroom load of kids makes it seem even smaller than it is. Suggestion: Arrive later in the day after they've returned to their schools and you'll have the museum pretty much to yourself. We especially liked the display about Ishi.

Thank 828TJA
Clermont, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Wile limited in scope and size, the museum does its best to curate the artifacts it has. An abundance of woven baskets and nets are displayed. In many instances the creator is pictures with her work. THe feather baskets were truly amazing works of art. I was surprised at the number of ceremonial dress items that were on hand. It... More 

Thank ClermontFilly
Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016 via mobile

It is kinda pricy for what you get. It is very small don't expect anything big. It is also quite and not busy. If you like history you will find something for you.

Thank copticvoice
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

These little gem outside Sutter's Fort does a superb job of depicting the lives and times of most of California's Native American tribes, with an emphasis on Northern California, of course. Superior photographs and crafts are on exhibit, well labeled and described. Museum personnel are friendly and helpful, and the small shop is excellent. I found it a peaceful, meditative... More 

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