California Museum

Top choice in Sacramento

This modern museum is home to the California Hall of Fame and so the only place to simultaneously encounter César Chávez, Mark Zuckerberg and Amelia Earhart. The California Indians exhibit is a highlight, with artifacts and oral histories of more than 10 tribes.

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1. California State Capitol

0.18 MILES

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2. K Street Mall

0.36 MILES

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3. Golden 1 Center

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4. Crocker Art Museum


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5. Old Sacramento State Historic Park

0.74 MILES

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6. California State Railroad Museum

0.83 MILES

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7. Sacramento History Museum

0.88 MILES

Exhibits, stories and artifacts of some of Sacramento's most fascinating citizens, though much of the information is focused on the Gold Rush. Get tickets…

8. State Indian Museum

1.31 MILES

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