There are 28 museums in Sacramento, and they cover everything from medical history to the Gold Rush to California, art and the railroad.
With the COVID-19 pandemic ongoing, Sacramento museums have been shut down, but several are now open for business with various limited capacities.
Aerospace Museum of California
Open from Oct. 10
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets: Book online, walk-ins welcome
Restrictions: Masks are required for all guests in both indoor and outdoor spaces. No cash payments currently accepted
More info: aerospaceca.org
Open from Nov. 5
Hours: Thursday & Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday & Sunday noon-5 p.m.
Tickets: Purchase in advance online for discount and contactless delivery
Restrictions: Face masks required for all over age 2; designated routes to follow ensure social distancing
More info: californiamuseum.org
California Agriculture Museum
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tickets: Walk-ins welcome, tickets can also be purchased online
Restrictions: Face masks required for those over age 2. Temperature will be taken at entry, and sign-in is required
More info: CaliforniaAgMuseum.org
Crocker Art Museum
Open from Oct. 16
Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets: Book online
Restrictions: Face masks required for all over age 2
More info: crockerart.org/location
Tickets: Book online; walk-ins welcome if capacity allows
Restrictions: Face masks required for all over age 3
More info: fairytaletown.org
Maidu Museum and Historic Site
Hours: Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. From Oct. 23, will be open until 2 p.m.
Tickets: Museum requires prior online reservations; outdoor trail is open, free and walk-ins welcome
Restrictions: Restrooms closed to trail visitors, but open to museum visitors. Museum visits limited to 30 minutes (45 minutes beginning Oct. 23)
More info: Click here
Sacramento History Museum
Open from Oct. 15
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tickets: Walk-ins welcome
Restrictions: Face masks required
Tickets: Must be booked online in advance; tickets are for specific times
Restrictions: Face masks required for those over age 2. No cash transactions
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Open from Nov. 4
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tickets: Walk-ins welcome, free admission
Restrictions: Face masks required; all high-touch exhibits currently removed
More info: Click here
Closed Until Further Notice
California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento Children's Museum
Museum of Medical History
SMUD Museum of Science and Curiosity
For more museum information, visit Sacramento Area Museums.
The California State Railroad Museum is the best in North America, and it tells the story of the transcontinental railroad, the heyday of rail travel and more with plenty of vintage train cars and engines that can be walked through along with other interactive exhibits.
Art enthusiasts can see the Crocker family collection at the Crocker Art Museum, which underwent a $100 million expansion in 2010. California impressionists, ancient art from across the world and one of the largest collections of European drawings in the world can all be seen in a museum that is partly housed in a beautifully maintained Victorian home.
The California State Capitol is a living museum – stroll the hallways of the Capitol and see where the state’s leaders worked 150 years ago, then walk past the governor’s office and the Legislature’s chambers, where the state is still governed.
Other museums commemorate aviation, California and the city of Sacramento itself. Don’t forget that free museum day is in early February every year, when access to all 28 museums is free.