Seniors 65+ & College Students with valid ID: $7.00
Youth (ages 6-17): $6.00
Kids 5 & under: Free
Discounts are available for group tours when reserved two weeks
in advance. Please call (916) 654-1729 for rates.
Please note, the Museum has the right to alter admission fees
without notice. Museums On Us, sponsored by Bank of America,
provides free admission on the first weekend of every month. One
free admission will be granted to visitors who present a valid
Bank of America check or credit card and a valid ID.
Parking is free on weekends and holidays. Look for the Museum
Parking signs indicating the lot directly across the street from
the Museum, at 10th and O Streets. This parking lot is also
available during after-hours events, opening at 5:30 p.m.
On-street parking is free on Sundays.
During the week, metered parking is available on the streets
surrounding the Museum. There also are parking garages located
within a short walk of the Museum (open Monday through Friday
from 7am to 7pm). Most of the garages are cash-only. They are
SACRT (Sacramento’s Light Rail system) provides direct access to
the Museum via the Archives Plaza stop.
Amtrak provides convenient access to downtown Sacramento, with
its station located at 4th and I Streets. It is a 12-block walk
to the Museum. Amtrak passengers may take Light Rail’s Gold Line
directly to the Archives Plaza stop, or a connecting Amtrak San
Joaquin bus, which stops on request at the State Capitol, 1 block
from the Museum.
Our mission at the Museum is to engage each visitor and for them
to walk away from the Museum inspired by California’s rich
cultural history. The Museum focuses on all aspects of
California’s diverse society, thus encouraging each visitor to
feel a deeper sense of belonging to the community and an
appreciation for what could only be achieved in California.
We offer a variety of programs and exhibits to match each group’s
interests as they plan their next California adventure.
The California Museum’s goal is to provide an enjoyable
experience for people of all backgrounds and abilities. The
Health Happens Here exhibit offers information in Braille and all
videos are captioned. Texts are provided in both Spanish and
The galleries provide easy access for people using wheelchairs.
Elevators located in the lobby provide access to the basement
restrooms and to the second floor exhibits. Wheelchairs are
available free of charge for use at the Museum.
Service animals are always welcome.
The Museum invites comments about how we might continue to
improve our programs for all visitors. Please email us with any suggestions or
Is the Museum wheelchair accessible? Are wheelchairs available in
Yes, the Museum is wheelchair accessible including galleries,
restrooms, and the courtyard. Wheelchairs are available free of
charge at the security desk. See Accessibility.
Are there things for my kids to do?
There are hands-on activities in the Museum that children will
enjoy. Kids can learn about the state symbols as well as the
state seal. A family guide that helps engage children as
they explore the Museum is available at the Admissions window.
What are the membership benefits and how would I become a member?
Members receive free admission to the Museum. Information on
membership can be found here.
Is there a restaurant at the Museum?
The Gold Rush Grille is located on the second floor of the
Secretary of State building. It is accessible from the Museum
Courtyard, and is open weekdays until 2:30pm. Several other small
restaurants located within one block of the Museum offer lunch on
weekdays. See Area Attractions
Can I take pictures?
Yes, you are welcome to take pictures in the Museum, but flash is
not allowed. Bright light can damage the historic documents that
are on display.
Can I bring food or drinks into the Museum?
Please finish your food and drinks before you enter the Museum.
Even with a lid, accidents can happen.
How long will it take to tour the Museum?
There is no set tour time, and the amount of time visitors spend
varies greatly. On average, a Museum visit takes at least an
Do I need to make reservations to visit the Museum?
No, reservations are not required to visit the Museum. However,
reservations are required for school tours or for the group
Is there parking?
Free weekend parking is available right across the street from