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Address: 1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone Number: +1 916-653-7524
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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This modern museum explores the history of California through a collection...

This modern museum explores the history of California through a collection of exhibits and archives.

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Worth a visit, especially on a weekend.

Decided to visit on a "free admission" day. Free parking in the lot across the street was easy and definitely a plus in downtown Sacramento. Unfortunately, we came from outside... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed October 4, 2016
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Sacramento
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Sacramento
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110 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

Decided to visit on a "free admission" day. Free parking in the lot across the street was easy and definitely a plus in downtown Sacramento. Unfortunately, we came from outside the area so Sacramento Regional transit was not an option for us. I say unfortunately as the light rail tracks run right by the museum front door. Pluses- LOTS of... More 

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Pioneer, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

"The California Museum" overall is not worth the visit. The Hall of Fame is presented very well and the California's Remarkable Women is broad in scope and both historically and contemporaneously relevant and interesting. The Uprooted exhibit on the internment of the Japanese Americans was also well balanced and thought provoking. The exhibits geared toward children seem to be decently... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

What a great family afternoon! So much to see and for all ages! Great exhibits, especially the Hall of Fame and Heath Happens

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Wheatland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

My husband and I have been living in California for going on 3 years now. I've been wanting to visit this museum and we finally did! We got in for free thanks to the Blue Star Families program that runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day (active duty military only). That was a nice surprise! The museum features some really... More 

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Campbell, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 19, 2016

My students thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits. Because we arrived later in the day on a Thursday we practically had the museum to ourselves which made it easier to manage our group.

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016

They pack a ton of history into a small space! Especially interesting are the famous Californians features and the Internment displays

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Jordan, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

We like to learn about the history of the area we are visiting and they did a great job explaining the history and changes in the area.

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Tracy, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

This is a museum that celebrates the life, history and people of California. It has a special emphasis on the famous folks, especially women, and the native Americans. The most interesting display to me was the one on the internment of the Japanese Americans during World War Two - not a bright spot in American history. The museum does not... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2015

Spend a good 90 minutes walking around...interesting stuff and well presented. Some things you wont see anywhere else.

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Sacramento, California
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407 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2015

The California Museum is like the People magazine of museums.Most of the exhibits are profiles of famous people who have lived in California. You don't have to be born in California to be celebrated in this museum. It is not very large. We went to the museum for the special Peanuts exhibit from the Charles Shultz museum in Santa Rosa.... More 

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