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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. Before you head to Sacramento, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Sacramento trip itinerary maker, to make sure you see all that Sacramento has to offer, including California State Capitol and Museum.
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  • Put on a PR event. It was flawless. Everyone loved the museum and thought it was a creative and different venue.  more »
  • If you are going downtown and haven't been there it's kinda neat to see. Of course ir's big and ornate with nice artwork, but it also sit's in a nice park which is great for picnics, lunch, people wat...  more »
  • Absolutely stunning state capitol. Take the free tour, as you get a few behind the scenes bonuses, that you would not otherwise experience. Capitol park is gorgeous, definitely take the time to walk t...  more »
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  • The building was really cool! It is cool to see how the different rooms looked back in the day. They have tours throughout the day, but they will let you walk around by yourself if you would like. The employees are friendly as well.
  • The museum which takes up a large part of the central portion of the Capitol is nice to walk thru and learn a little history. We went on a rainy Sunday and it was almost empty but unfortunately the galleries over the assembly and Senate chambers were closed. You do get to see rooms made up as they looked over a century ago and the official governor's paintings. There are also halls lined with windows for most counties showing a bit of their history and what they are known for producing.
  • Loved taking a little glimpse at California's history. Be sure to go into the basement to check out the cross-section of the walls that used to support the building...amazing.
  • Beautiful inside. A great building to introduce lower elementary kids to grandeur, architecture, and government. We didn't take the free tour because of the crowd. Walking around the various museum rooms, we chanced across a rare books display (great big beautiful old books), saw a vault with super thick doors, climbed up 3 tall flights of stairs and found the Senate and Assembly galleries. They were not in session so were quiet but still invokes a sense of awe. They also have displays on the hallways highlighting each county in the state. Some are more well done than others and feature nice models of local attractions. Afterwards, my 5 1/2 year old daughter mused at how beautiful the inside of the building was.
  • Overall - stop and see any State Capitol that you can! But this one was pretty good. We did the free tour and our tour guide, Joe, was clever, entertaining and educational. Don't forget to tour the grounds as well.