California State Capitol and Museum, Sacramento

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Visit the restored historical offices of the secretary of state, treasurer, and governor at California State Capitol and Museum. This 19th-century granite building, which bears a striking resemblance to the nation’s capitol building, houses the California state legislature. Take a free tour of the grounds, which include more than 100 memorials to significant people and events involving the state and a museum presenting portraits, murals, antiques, and contemporary art. There is nearby metered and garage parking available for a fee. To visit California State Capitol and Museum and get the most from your holiday in Sacramento, create itinerary details personal to you using our Sacramento trip itinerary maker .
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  • After driving through the United States and visiting several state capitols...I am proud to say the California State Capitol and Museum is truly beautiful. The docents that were available to provide t...  more »
  • We toured the beautiful building while on vacation. It was very beautiful, the tour guide was informative - everything was fascinating.  more »
  • The tour docents were so informative. I am a native Californian and learned so much on this tour! Not difficult to manage and fully accessible for ADA.  more »
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  • I should appreciate all the staff here and they are super friendly. It is a great experience to get inside the Capitol and enjoy the architecture of the building. I really recommend spending time with the tour guide who gives a lot of information. They also have displays about all the county of CA. Overall, very educating!
  • As one of the guards told me when I asked about the location of the museum while I was in the Capitol building, "the whole building is basically a museum." That's about right. Several exhibits are sprinkled throughout, along with painted portraits of past governors. The gift shop is great for finding something California specific to bring back to kids at home when visiting on a business trip to Sacramento. In all, well worth the minimal effort of going through security to get into the Capitol.
  • Stately outside, incredibly stunning inside. The Capitol building not only houses legislative chambers and offices, as well as the Governor's office, but is a beautiful historic museum. Tours are available (free - just walk in and sign up) and films show in the basement, or you can wander the halls independently. Exprct many school groups, particularly in the spring. The Capitol has been restored to its 1870s opulence and is, in my opinion, breathtaking. Be mindful (and patient) as entry is gained via security stations with x-ray scanners and metal detectors.
  • Great place to visit, bring the kids. Here I am with my daughter, we had a great time.
  • At first my friends and I were walking around, and I opened the door to the front (which I was unaware of at the moment) I then proceeded to peek my head inside. To then which a lady saw me and said, "Come in its free". To which i freaked out and ran to my friends and we started laughing walking away. Then i remembered what the nice lady said, "Its FREE". To which I told my friends, came inside, and looked around. It was a cool place and would totally be down to go again.

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