Welcome to the Sacramento History Museum! We are open seven days-a-week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m.


Do you think a dude ranch is just a place where city slickers pretend to be cowboys? Author & historian Lynn Downey talks about America’s original western vacation, in a free presentation, Saturday, June 2, 2022. Doors open: 6:30 PM. Lecture: 7 PM.

Spring Underground!

By your request, we now offer Underground Tours seven days-a-week! Tours sell out fast. Book now!

Underground After Hours

It’s time for murder, mischief, madness, mayhem – and madams! Relive the night life of Gold Rush Sacramento! Underground After Hours has returned. Meet swindlers, soiled doves and sneaky speculators! Try your hand at a game of chance!

Gold Fever! Game

Join the Gold Rush by becoming one of the real-life characters who built Sacramento City. Can you hang onto your fortune while facing the city’s rock first years of flood, fire and disease? Will you go Boom… or Bust? Join us Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am & 3 pm.

History Camp!

Registration for History Camp ’22 is open! Kids will get gold fever and be a part of Sacramento’s boom town early days – from prospecting, gold experiments, dressing like it’s the 1850’s, and so much more!

How the West was Drawn!

Comics are as old as recorded history, and a surprisingly big part of the Old West. Join the Sacramento History Museum and Eben Burgoon for How the West Was Drawn! – A hands-on, visual storytelling workshop tracing the lineage from the 1800s dime novel to the graphic novel of today.

School Programs are here!

The Sacramento History Museum Education Programs are happening! Join us as we  instantly connect students with learning opportunities they may not get to experience otherwise. Please note, we are fully booked for April & May.

California in Print

Our latest exhibit, with highlights from the Eleanor McClatchy Collection, includes items such as original Gold Rush era maps showing where gold could be found, letter sheets from 1850s miners, a page from the Gutenberg Bible, and dime novels from the 1870s and 1880s.

Home Made History

Can’t come in person? We’re bringing the museum to you… with activities, games, videos, coloring pages and so much more. You’ll have so much fun, you won’t even know you are learning!

Virtual Tours

We are bringing Old Sacramento to you! Sit back while you explore and experience a new side of what life was like in 19th century Sacramento with gripping true stories that follow in the footsteps of murderers, ne’er-do-wells and common citizens alike.