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Welcome to the Sacramento History Museum.
We are open 7 days-a-week from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
with last tickets sold at 4:30 P.M.

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The Sacramento History Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Sacramento’s people, places, and events.  From the home of its First People, to the diverse cultures of today, you will discover the impacts of California’s Gold Rush and the massive migration of people from all over the world to the Sacramento region. Through immersive experiences and exhibits, we strive to reflect the achievements and adversities of the region’s people, both past and present.


The Museum is in the historic district of Old Sacramento Waterfront, located at the confluence of two of California’s major rivers – the Sacramento and the American.  Nestled in Old Sacramento State Historic Park next to the California State Railroad Museum, we are at the Western hub of California’s early transportation – from stagecoaches and steamships, to railroads and the interstate highways.

The area of Old Sacramento is on the traditional territory and ancestral homelands of the Nisenan Tribal people. The Sacramento Valley was, and still is, land that has been inhabited for thousands of years since time immemorial by the Nisenan, Miwok, Patwin, and Maidu people. We understand this Nisenan land was never ceded, and the original Tribal families have yet to recover from the genocide of their people.  Today, active members of Native Californian Tribes remain committed to holding and preserving their cultural heritage and working with historic sites and museums to make sure a more holistic history is discussed and interpreted.

The Sacramento History Museum exterior is a reproduction of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks building, which sat on our current site. The original building was completed in the spring of 1854 and was the city’s first municipal structure.


Have we got a tour for you! From the paranormal, mischief and mayhem after dark, a Gold Rush Game! and a journey underground to see the real beginnings of Sacramento City.

There’s always something interesting and new inside the museum, including a Community Arts Project featuring  what women and girls want in Sacramento. 

What Our Visitors Say

“Amazing museum! Everyone is so wonderful there, and many people were so helpful with all sorts of questions and information. The displays are set up beautifully. I was lucky to meet Jared from their youtube channel, and they were happy to answer all sorts of questions about their printing press exhibits. Well worth a visit! We also did an underground tour, that was really interesting. The walk was pleasant and not too strenuous..”
Charles H
“Cute little museum in a historic location. A must for visitors as it has a little bit of everything.”
Aydin E
“We did the under ground sacramento tour which I highly recommend! It's super informative and I learned a lot about the interesting history of Sacramento.”
The Wayward Nurse


Show your love and support for history by becoming a member. Enjoy free admission to the Sacramento History Museum, plus discounts in the Museum Store, tours, and special events.

Contact Diane Arellano, Membership Coordinator, at (916) 808-7149 or for any questions about our membership options.


Sacramento History Museum is the only museum devoted to Sacramento, California and California Gold Rush history. It is located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento.

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