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Wells Fargo History Museum

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Address: 1000 2nd St, Old Sacramento, Sacramento, CA 95814-3202
Phone Number: +1 916-440-4263
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The first half century of Wells Fargo's history coincided with the most...

The first half century of Wells Fargo's history coincided with the most explosive growth in transportation and communication technology the world has ever known. Journeys that once took months could be completed in days and messages that took weeks could be sent in minutes. Wells Fargo employed every technological advance to bring new and better services to its banking and express customers. Explore this shrinking world with authentic artifacts, documents, photographs and interactive exhibits including a telegraph connected to other Wells Fargo museums around the country. The museum store features a variety of Wells Fargo branded gifts, collectibles and apparel. Guided tours are available with advanced reservations and admission is always free. A Wells Fargo ATM is conveniently located inside the museum.

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This is a great part of Old Sacramento and well worth a visit. We went as part of a conference we were attending. We enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it especially... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2016
Christchurch, New Zealand
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'd read that this is a "museum," but it is so small, it hardly qualifies for that title, but then, it's free entry, so how can I complain. There are some artifacts in there and some exhibits that are interesting, but it is basically an average-size room with cases around the walls and some stuff in the middle of the... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

There is not a lot there, but it is the site of the original Wells Fargo Express Company and diagonally across the street from the site of the western terminus of the Pony Express. There are enough things to keep you interested for about 20 minutes. There is more at the main Wells Fargo Bank office on Capitol Mall, including... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Very small for a 'museum' and the thing that annoyed me most was when I asked questions the lady ignored or gave short answers but the American chap next to me got a long explanation for everything he asked.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

This is a great part of Old Sacramento and well worth a visit. We went as part of a conference we were attending. We enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it especially to those with children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

Loved all the hands on parts of this museum! Testing out the morse code and dressing up was fun and free. I learned a lot about stage coaches. The museum guide was very nice and answered all our questions!

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Los Altos, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Went with my daughter few years ago. Very informative of how the gold trade worked along with a model of the carriage.

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

Good history for adults. Not quite so much for children. Learned a lot about the early days of Sacramento.

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This site is on a corner, and isn't large but it is full of history. There are excellent exhibits and some hands-on activities for kids. The displays are well done. This will only take you about 30 minutes if you look at everything, but its nice and the docent we spoke with was quite knowledgeable.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

Stumbled upon this by accident. Enjoyed and appreciated the historical artifacts. Great talking to the host, that alone was worth the stop. Nice to see but nothing worth going out of one's way. If you're close, definitely drop in.

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2016

Neat was to see the history of the area. I had never been to this part of sacramento until this visit and couldn't believe how cool it was.

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