When it’s time to leave work behind and get a little culture, there are several museums to explore near our Larkspur Landing Sacramento hotel.
California State Capitol Museum
At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government. Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.
California State Railroad Museum
Located in Old Sacramento, the California State Railroad Museum is a complex of historic facilities and unique attractions. Widely regarded as North America’s most popular railroad museum, there is something here for everyone! Throughout the year, experience lavishly restored trains, engaging exhibits, and unique special events.
Every weekend April-September, ride behind a real steam locomotive!
Crocker Art Museum
The first public art museum founded in the West, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and remains the leading art institution for the California Capital Region and Central Valley. The Museum, which is housed in one of the finest examples of Victorian Italianate architecture in the United States, offers a diverse spectrum of special exhibitions, events and programs to augment its collections of California, European and Asian artworks, and International Ceramics.
California History Museum
The California Museum opened in 1998 and was initially designed to showcase the materials of the State Archives. Over the last ten years the vision and mission have grown to make the Museum a destination place with a goal of educating and inspiring people about the richness that is California history. In 2005, First Lady Maria Shriver took on the role as Honorary Chairperson. With her leadership and that of the board, the Museum has gained the capacity to initiate and attract world-class exhibits.
California State Indian Museum
The California State Indian Museum displays exhibits illustrating the cultures of the state’s first inhabitants. California Indian cultural items in the museum include basketry, beadwork, clothing and exhibits about the ongoing traditions of various California Indian tribes. Descendents of the first Californians, tens of thousands of them, still live in California and still cherish and carry on their unique cultural heritage. Indigenous people have donated many photographs of family, friends and memorable times for use in the museum.