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Arts & Museums
Formally the Discovery Museum History Center, the Sacramento History Museum is perfect place to spend the day. Learn about the fascinating history of the city, including the Gold Rush. You can view a wide range of artifacts, and the museum has several interesting exhibits that focus on the city's creation.
California State Railroad Museum is the largest train museum in the country. Dedicated to accuracy and detail, the California State Railroad Museum, located in historic Old Sacramento, recreates the golden days of American railroading circa 1849. Adults and kids alike can wander for hours among restored locomotives, cars, bridges and railroad equipment. Indoor and outdoor displays bring to life rail travel during the Gold Rush Era.
The Wells Fargo History Museum in Old Sacramento showcases a 140-year history of the Pony Express, gold discovery and banking long ago. The museum is housed in the original building where the bank managed the Pony Express. Exhibits include gold, money, treasure boxes, guns, tools and original papers. Museum staff dressed in period costume guide tours and explain the bank's connection with the Pony Express and banking during the Gold Rush. Admission is free.
The pale, conservative background of this gallery tends to fade away; highlighting rather than competing with the art on display. Discover a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and other "hard" materials. Works by artists Gregory Barton and the colourful and expressive mixed media works of Lauren Barton share the spotlight with the art of others. Barton Gallery tends to feature pieces focusing on the many forms of the human figure. The displays change monthly.
For a taste of the Old West, complete with dirt and cobblestone streets flanked with wide wooden sidewalks and "Bonanza"-style buildings, visit Old Sac. Tour the historical four blocks in a horse-drawn carriage or take a ride on a riverboat. Bustling with activity, this place offers tourist shops, museums and antique trains. On weekends you can usually hear Cajun, blues, or folk music in one of several saloons and restaurants.
Taking shape in 1991, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is a non-profit gallery that exhibits prominent photographers work. Range and style of techniques displayed a this photography gallery span the spectrum, from classic black and white to pinhole polaroid manipulation exhibits. They've even shown candid pieces from the likes of budding photographers from the Sacramento Boys and Girls Club using disposable cameras as well as a few Ansel Adams pieces. Lectures, classes and workshops are regularly held, so check the website for details on upcoming events.
Operating continuously since the day the doors opened in 1869, California State Capitol Museum is where the State of California's legislature met. By the late 1970s, the building was declared seismically unsafe and had become an eyesore. The Legislature decided to stay in its traditional home and authorized a massive restoration. Today, from the intricate tile work on the front lobby floor to the lovingly etched filigreed detail in alcoves under the rotunda, the craftsmanship of a bygone era is evident. Docent guided tours are free.
Housed in a charming Victorian, this gallery has continuously been voted as one of the best in town by KCRA 3. Featuring award winning local and national artists, the gallery features various art mediums, from sculpture and paintings to photography. Visit the website to know more about upcoming exhibits, shows and featured artists.
Located next to Sutter's Fort, California State Indian Museum displays history from the Native American perspective. View intricately woven baskets, ceremonial dance regalia, sacred objects, headdresses, native instruments and other cultural items used by California's native people. Themes surrounding the natural world and its connection to the spiritual world add a rich contrast to the exhibits. Enjoy self-guided audio tours, which are activated by pushing indicated buttons.
Founded in the 1870s, Crocker Art Museum is known as the first art museum in the West. The historical building with hand-carved doors, ornate walls and parquet floors, creates a gorgeous backdrop as impressive as the art. The art includes the Gold Rush, Victorian and European masters and contemporary works. The museum hosts art talks, classical concerts, jazz concerts, and tours (afternoons and weekends). A gift shop is also available.
The California Museum offers the history of the state in a dazzling array of high-tech, multimedia displays and exhibits. The museum makes the subject of history an entertaining treat for the entire family. It uses interactive displays (including holograms) to depict the "People, Place, Politics, and Promise of California" in its four main galleries. A highlight of the museum is the display of the original California Constitution.
Located within The California Museum, California Hall of Fame honors the men and women who've contributed prominently in shaping this great state. Established in 2006, the list includes luminaries from every field including politics and business to sports and technology. Visitors to the exhibit can explore personal artifacts of the people on the list. New people are added on the list each year in a grand ceremony.