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Review of Crocker Art Museum

Crocker Art Museum
Ranked #2 of 144 things to do in Sacramento
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Owner description: The Crocker Art Museum was one of the first art museums in the U.S. and is now one of the leading art institutions in California. Established in 1885, the Museum features one of the country’s finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art. The Crocker is CLOSED every Monday.
Reviewed 5 October 2018

OK- Sac. is a capital city, and one expects a bit of largess in the art department. But the Crocker excels far beyond what I was expecting.

A really significant collection of both contemporary and older Californian art, supplemented with Asian art, ceramics in spades, European and transient exhibits.

The Duane Michals photography (portraiture) was amazing. The Eduardo Carrillo room had powerful imagery, and was empty when I was there.

Plus the mansion wing- art in the grand salon.

Expect to be there for several hours; the museum goes on and on, and just gets better.

Do take note of the Irving Norman pieces. They are Bosch meet Dali, and brilliantly conceived/executed. A nice solitary Georgia O'keefe. Everything well curated. The contemporary art pieces are though provoking. And then there is the Ansel Adams, Falkenstein, Bayley, Chihuly, Hollowell, Lowry....

If you don't know some of these artists, come here for a real treat!

Thank Peter F
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Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

What an amazing place to take your family. Experience of a lifetime. Staff is very respectful and kind. The places unbelievably clean. To be That close to pieces of history is an electrifying feeling. I absolutely and utterly recommend this place for anybody and any occasion at any time

2  Thank Shah M
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

As a native, I've been visiting public museums since elementary school. With the expansion, the Crocker has become more of a community touchstone. There have always been musical performances, but now there's several large public spaces to accommodate a greater variety of performances. There have always been lectures, but now there's a theater. Expanded exhibition space means more and bigger collections tour here. Larger storage and conservation facilities mean the Crocker is now viewed as a home for large collections. A prime example is the current exhibition of the Wendy Willrich collection of early California paintings.

Parking is close and ample. But if you're staying close by, grab a Jump Bike and ride down. Stay for lunch or at least coffee. A thorough walk through can take a couple of hours. And there are other coffee shops and restaurants withing walking distance.

1  Thank Pete T
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

A wonderful museum. We especially enjoyed the Dutch paintings which were donated by the Beekhuis's to the museum and are now part of the permanent collection of the museum. We were also impressed by the collection of Native American ceramics. When we visited the museum there was an interesting exhibition of European Art, Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enligthment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection. We wanted to buy a book on the permanent collection. Unfortunately there was only a very heavy hard cover aviable in the Museumshop, which we did not buy because we had to fly. Suggestion: make a ligther (softcover) handbook on the museumcollection aviable for sale. This museum is worth while a visit.

1  Thank ronaldd1988
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Great place to go with a friend to have lunch and enjoy art righ here in Sacramento. Traveling exhibits like the Norman Rockwell exhibit are not to be missed. Excellent musical programs, as well. Check with museum for dates and performers.

Thank Floyd B
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