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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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Sacramento boasts a number of hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts that vary in price and character. Units downtown provide easy access to the majority of the city's attractions and nightlife but tend to be more expensive. If you are flying in or out of the city, consider one of the hotels near Sacramento International Airport for convenience. Vacation rentals are ideal if you are planning a longer stay in the city, with many located in quieter residential neighborhoods.
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  • Beautiful historic architecture. You may be able to get random pics of you surrounded by the security riding on a horseback.It has beautiful garden with fountains and many trees. The museum is great ,...  more »
  • Although we stay st the Hyatt year after year, this time I decided to visit the Capital, I really enjoyed the architecture of the Senate room, besides that all the good exercise exploring the grounds ...  more »
  • As a group of Brits visiting the US, we really enjoyed our trip to the Capitol. The tour guide was very patient with our total lack of knowledge of the US Political process at a State level. The build...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It's a pretty impressive museum and definitely worth coming here for an educational purposes. Only issue is parking in downtown. They have tours available as well. You have to go through the TSA checkpoint here to see the museum and capitol.
  • Interesting Museum you can see the museum and under an hour unless it gets very crowded. This is the functioning capital building for the state and the museum is scattered on for different floors so it can be confusing to find the display areas. Be sure to go to the basement first and get a map describing where you can go and what you can see.
  • Really enjoyed touring the Capitol and learning the history of California. I also had fun exploring the window showcase displays of each city. Very educative. The gardens outside are very shaded and relaxing. A must see attraction in Sacramento.
  • Was downtown this afternoon and stopped by the beautiful capitol building and went through part of it. Beautiful and restored offices decorated like 1900 with candlestick phones etc. amazing trees outside including redwoods, and sequoias, and magnolias. We can all be proud of the state and its history. Recommend everybody in or near Sacramento take some time to see our beautiful downtown, and gorgeous buildings and the Tower bridge,