California State Capitol Museum, Sacramento

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Visit the restored historical offices of the secretary of state, treasurer, and governor at California State Capitol 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 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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  • The California Capitol Building has a "Museum" section of rooms that look like they did a century ago, and information about the State (bird, song, animal, etc.). There's a free hour-long tour that.....  more
    The California Capitol Building has a "Museum" section of rooms that look like they did a century ago, and information about the State (bird, song, animal, etc.). There's a free hour-long tour that.....  more »
  • There are free walking tours on the hour - meet in the rotunda. The building is fantastic. The free tour was really informative and I learnt thinks I wouldn’t have known about. All of the... 
    There are free walking tours on the hour - meet in the rotunda. The building is fantastic. The free tour was really informative and I learnt thinks I wouldn’t have known about. All of the...  more »
  • Construction made it difficult to find an entrance to the capitol and museum contained therein, but once inside, it was very interesting. 
    Construction made it difficult to find an entrance to the capitol and museum contained therein, but once inside, it was very interesting.  more »
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  • Bad impression at first: the museum is closed. All of it. The rooms, the tours, the store - shut down. This is my third capital building and the least inviting. Every door was closed. If it wasn't for the open session and beautiful architecture, I would have been sorely disappointed. I was able to sit upstairs and listen in on the session which was a treat. I felt a measure of restored faith in humanity. They questioned finance on expenditures and voiced their concerns regarding project deadlines. All without trying to win a vote or hidden agenda. I'm not even a resident in this state, but to hear these politicians speaking up on behalf of the citizens was a breath of fresh air. If you have an hour, take the time and listen in. Side note: they have wall display cases for each county. Some are elaborate, some a simple and some are a disaster. It's the capital building - do better.
  • Clean and beautiful. I didn't go inside as I thought I've been to the one in WA DC, so let's save time for something else. However, I was awestruck by the lush green and delightfully fragrant orange trees laden with ripe fruits. They line the pathways and stand tall against the tall palms and buildings in the background. They smell lovely. The rose garden is also breathtaking, there are many varieties. Some people were there to take wedding pictures and Instagram videos, because it's so warm, beautiful and pleasant here. There are hummingbirds hovering above the salvia bushes also. Love this lovely place!
  • It’s free to come in to see this beautiful government building. And the view of the iconic gold bridge is magnificent. You have to drive through it to feel the best of it.
  • I was there in Sunday. Nice Place to relax and walk. The trees are beautiful. Very quiet place. Learning some history.
  • Beautiful museum. We really enjoyed our tour with Mario. He was very enthusiastic and told us many fun facts about the museum. Highly recommend!

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