California State Capitol Museum

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California State Capitol Museum

California State Capitol Museum
4.5
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 19th-century granite building, modeled after the U.S. Capitol, is home to the California Legislature and houses a public museum and a surrounding garden. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
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grwpl
Munich, Germany1,222 contributions
It is a real bonus to be able to access buildings like this, even more so as entrance id free of charge as well as the guided tour.

Walked all around ti building in the beautiful park to the south entrance, simple and effective security screening and then you are allowed to wander around on your own. It is interesting to see some Californian history and where tomorrows history is being made. I joined the free tour with was very informative and relaxed. Really enjoyed seeing the historical rooms that were on display as well as the chambers where laws re debated and enacted.

The portraits of the governors are really worth seeing especially the Jerry Brown portrait that I thought was excellent - It is interesting to see the ego's of Ronnie and Arnie reflected in their portraits
Written January 26, 2020
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Richard Small
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Friends
I went on this tour on a Saturday morning and it was one of the most interesting and fun tours I’ve been on. Our tour guide, Cindy ( I think that was her name) was not only very knowledgeable about everything, but she also made the tour a lot more interesting by pointing out random things about the building and engaging with the group. I’m not sure if all the guides do this but they need to. I also really enjoyed hearing about all the facts about the California seal and how the building has changed over the years. Do this tour, you won’t regret it I promise.
Written January 19, 2020
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Raymond
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To me this is our city's pride and joy. A most beautiful building that luckily was saved due to an increase in patriotism during the Bicentennial year. The building was seismic proof so many of it's roof top statues were removed. A display of the seismic proofing can be found in the basement along with a nice gift shop. Free tours are offered and well worth it. Their is a big statue in the rotunda and tours take you inside the assembly and senate chambers with it's Czech lead crystal chandeliers, and walk passed the governor's portraits. There are rooms of historic information, a film to watch and antiqued furnished rooms. Don't miss Arnold Schwarzengger's bronze bear in front of the governor's office and the hallway of county exhibits. Due to security there is only one entrance now. The capitol grounds with it's memorials, camilla garden, peace rose garden tree arboretum, and site of Res. Gerald Ford's almost assassination.
Written March 13, 2020
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Susan L
Port Washington, NY6 contributions
Most areas of building were closed to visitors due to Covid. Briefly viewed each chamber in session but other interesting rooms had been closed for a while.
Also, entry is difficult to locate. You must walk a distance from the front to access entry.
Written June 7, 2022
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Rob-CS
Gothenburg, Sweden184 contributions
Friends
As a museum I was not very impressed. They have recreated some old rooms and there is a lot of information about the building and it’s multiple renovations.
The cool part was that you can see where the California senate sits. If they were in session I would consider coming back to see that.
The building is very beautiful so if you want to go for that sake you can do that.
It is free to enter!
Written February 14, 2020
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Joe
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Family
During our visit we could enter the capitol but the only tours offered was of the grounds. Although originally disappointed Mario gave a great tour of the grounds that offered something for everyone. There is room for littles to roam and opportunity to learn about the city of trees and it’s trees. So much to learn and so many unique trees to learn about. This 90 minute free tour flew buy and was a highlight of our visit to the area.
Written January 28, 2022
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Carl F
Green Bay, WI394 contributions
We did a self tour and it was not very good. We would recommend waiting to visit until you can get a docent lead tour. The outside and inside of the capitol are under repair and there is not much to see. I hope they really improve the inside exhibits. We have visited 25 state capitols and this is one of the worst so far.
Written April 7, 2022
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Julie S
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Family
The tour of the Capitol was fantastic. It far exceeded my expectations and was the highlight of our trip. We parked near Old Town and walked to the Capitol. Had a great lunch in the basement, walked to Old Town, climbed on the trains and looked at the shops and Wells Fargo museum then spent the afternoon in the Railroad museum (where we had another great tour.)
Written February 21, 2020
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Pat from check
Check, VA159 contributions
We went to visit the capital duriing Christmas time. Music was beautiful in the halls of this beautiful building. We took a tour and really enjoyed the guides explanation as we walked in and out of different rooms. I would recommend the tour to get the full effect. She was very good at explaining and answering questions, sorry I didn't get her name. Interesting facts about the previous administrations. Lots of history in this building.
Written January 2, 2020
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Maria
Boulder, CO520 contributions
Friends
It had been years since I've visited the Capitol, and it was fun doing so with my oldest son (now 25).

I love the ability to just wander throughout without having to take an official tour. For the first time, I went up and down the halls looking at all the county displays.
Makes me want to see if the Arizona Capitol lets us do the same.

The Capitol was being refurbished when we were there, so we didn't get to enjoy the wonderful lighting that usually comes in through the front windows. Wish I'd kept more photos, as there were so many lovely details throughout.
Written March 7, 2020
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