California State Capitol Museum

California State Capitol Museum

California State Capitol Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This 19th-century granite building, modeled after the U.S. Capitol, is home to the California Legislature and houses a public museum and a surrounding garden. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Steve M
    Pulaski, Tennessee584 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Capitol Building
    Another beautiful capitol building. They are in the middle of a huge renovation, gutting and replacing the back of the capitol. Luckily you can get some great pictures in the front. You will enter the north side of the building through a temporary building. We could only see the museum part of the capitol. We found a parking garage about 2 blocks north of the capitol and walked. Security and the staff were helpful and friendly.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 July 2023
  • bluebeans
    New England, North Dakota57 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sacramento is the capital, after all!
    I enjoyed my indoors tour of the Capitol. Our guide was well informed and funny, if a bit rote. Be sure to see the portrait gallery of governors, especially Jerry Brown's startling choice. Most of us non-Californians probably don't know the governors of other states, and yet most of us probably know the names of most of California's recent governors (Reagan, Brown, Schwarzenegger, and more). Very interesting to see the different styles of portraiture and how they (at least in recent times) reflect the leaders' personalities. Staff are friendly and helpful, and bathrooms available.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 November 2023
  • Disneybus
    Pittsgrove, New Jersey906 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice capitol - tour comes up short
    My wife and I, touring from New Jersey, took a docent tour of the capitol. First, the grounds are very impressive with palms swaying around the perimeter and the dome very prominent. While we gained some insight from the tour, we were disappointed. Our guide, while knowledgeable, was a fast talker and not albeit clear. It was hard to pick up on his rehearsed delivery: we were led to several rooms no longer used rather than seeing and learning about today's working government. Most disappointing was that we weren't brought into either the Senate or Assembly chambers; a must with our other capitol visits. We did visit the Assembly on our own later, but didn't get into the Senate. It was fun seeing the portraits of Arnold and Ron, but why is Reagans statue in the basement adjacent to the gift shop?
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Private tour of amazing Capitol
    California's Capitol is the most similar to DC's Nation Capitol. It's modeled upon DC's, but finished earlier. That's because of CA wealth due to gold rush and mining which mostly started and ended here, in Sacramento. That gave Sac great advantage over SF and LA to become the state capital. That, and many other interesting stories we learned from our tour guide, whose name I unfortunately don't remember. Tours of CA Capitol run on the hour from 10AM to 4PM. Luckily for us, some people cancelled so we were the only on the 3PM tour. Throughout 45 min he gave detailed explanations about CA history, took us to the assembly room and by the painted Governors portraits. The rest of time we could roam freely, seeing the small museum and other interesting things.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 June 2024
  • Sarah C
    Ashtead, United Kingdom1,292 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome building, great tour
    This was excellent, we saw the museum and did the tour, which was a bit limited due to renovations. Our guide was brilliant, lots of insider titbits, and made the place - which is delightfully grand - come to life. The Governor portrait gallery was fascinating. Highly recommended
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2024
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Sarah C
Ashtead, UK1,292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was excellent, we saw the museum and did the tour, which was a bit limited due to renovations. Our guide was brilliant, lots of insider titbits, and made the place - which is delightfully grand - come to life. The Governor portrait gallery was fascinating. Highly recommended
Written 19 June 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,666 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
California's Capitol is the most similar to DC's Nation Capitol. It's modeled upon DC's, but finished earlier. That's because of CA wealth due to gold rush and mining which mostly started and ended here, in Sacramento. That gave Sac great advantage over SF and LA to become the state capital.
That, and many other interesting stories we learned from our tour guide, whose name I unfortunately don't remember. Tours of CA Capitol run on the hour from 10AM to 4PM. Luckily for us, some people cancelled so we were the only on the 3PM tour.
Throughout 45 min he gave detailed explanations about CA history, took us to the assembly room and by the painted Governors portraits.
The rest of time we could roam freely, seeing the small museum and other interesting things.
Written 8 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Disneybus
Pittsgrove, NJ906 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My wife and I, touring from New Jersey, took a docent tour of the capitol. First, the grounds are very impressive with palms swaying around the perimeter and the dome very prominent. While we gained some insight from the tour, we were disappointed. Our guide, while knowledgeable, was a fast talker and not albeit clear. It was hard to pick up on his rehearsed delivery: we were led to several rooms no longer used rather than seeing and learning about today's working government. Most disappointing was that we weren't brought into either the Senate or Assembly chambers; a must with our other capitol visits. We did visit the Assembly on our own later, but didn't get into the Senate. It was fun seeing the portraits of Arnold and Ron, but why is Reagans statue in the basement adjacent to the gift shop?
Written 7 June 2024
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Mel S
Santa Barbara, CA116 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
For those of us who have only a weekend to visit Sacramento, it is disappointing that the Capitol and Museum are closed weekends. I think our State could do better. As for the exterior, half of it is covered by scaffolding g for the construction of an annex/extension, and the park is torn up in parts for the construction, with many paths closed.
Written 1 February 2024
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bluebeans
New England, ND57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed my indoors tour of the Capitol. Our guide was well informed and funny, if a bit rote. Be sure to see the portrait gallery of governors, especially Jerry Brown's startling choice. Most of us non-Californians probably don't know the governors of other states, and yet most of us probably know the names of most of California's recent governors (Reagan, Brown, Schwarzenegger, and more). Very interesting to see the different styles of portraiture and how they (at least in recent times) reflect the leaders' personalities. Staff are friendly and helpful, and bathrooms available.
Written 15 November 2023
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Robbert L
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2,221 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Always worth a visit. Beautiful old building. Get a glimpse and grasp of Californian politics. Free entry.
Written 27 August 2023
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Steve M
Pulaski, TN584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Another beautiful capitol building. They are in the middle of a huge renovation, gutting and replacing the back of the capitol. Luckily you can get some great pictures in the front. You will enter the north side of the building through a temporary building. We could only see the museum part of the capitol. We found a parking garage about 2 blocks north of the capitol and walked. Security and the staff were helpful and friendly.
Written 20 July 2023
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Rosemary W
Seattle, WA1,559 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
It' s not really a museum in the conventional sense. The whole building is the museum. Some rooms have been set up as they were in 1906 and you can look through the doorway at them. There is a more museum-like room that emphasizes the history of the state flag. You can wander around the building by yourself, but you'll see more if you take a guided tour. We took a tour led by Logan, a very pleasant and knowledgeable person who filled us in on state history and explained much about the decorations and architectural details. The tours are free, and definitely worth the time.

We were there in mid-May, and there was a lot of construction going on, inside and out, and on the surrounding streets. Parking in the area may be difficult. Note that you will need to pass through a security screening to get in.

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The hallways are wide and smooth, very accessible for someone with a walking aid or wheelchair. There are elevators between floors.
Written 10 May 2023
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RWG
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Enjoyed the architecture and historic rooms. There is a good gift shop in the basement for better quality California souvenirs.
Written 20 March 2023
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Sophie
Sacramento, CA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Great learning experience! The State Capitol Museum is an amazing building with lots of interesting history. 10/10!
Written 1 February 2023
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