Think about Sacramento’s past and the Gold Rush comes to mind.  But that’s only part of the story.

The Sacramento History Museum is dedicated to Sacramento’s rich and diverse history.  Our galleries and exhibits explore the history and stories of the area’s first inhabitants, the pioneers who settled here during the Gold Rush, life on the farm, and more.  The Museum also features interactive exhibits that bring to life the people and events of Sacramento and its unique place in the history of California and the nation.

Museum Hours:

The Sacramento History Museum’s hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., 7 days a week.  Last admissions are sold at 4:30 p.m. 


More Tours Mean More Fun!

Give yourself the gift of adventure, history, and maybe even a bit of time travel when you book your tickets for our 2018 tours. Tickets are on sale for Gold Fever!, Underground Tours, and the After Hours Underground Tours. Our Underground Tours are now 7 days-a-week,  and don’t miss our Exclusive Gold Fever! Tours only on weekends! Click Here for the Tour Page.


Ghost Tours Return!

The ghoulish fun has begun and the Old Sacramento Living History’s annual Ghost Tours is underway! This year’s tour takes place within and relatively close to the confines of the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I Street. Join the “ghosts” of early Sacramento on an eerie journey back in time!  Hear tantalizing tales of how folks lived – and died – in our fair city.

Tours run Friday and Saturday evenings, through October 27th,  dearly departing every 30 minutes from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased here.


Back to School… and Field Trips!

Calling all educators! September here, and you know what that means? Field Trips! We are now scheduling school field trips for Sacramento History Museum programs, Gold Rush programs, Underground and Gold Fever! tours, and more. To find out more, click here.


It is with great sadness, that we announce the passing of Sacramento History Alliance Board of Directors member, former Sacramento Mayor, city councilman, war hero, and Sacramento icon, Burnett Miller.

Burnett Miller was born on September 2, 1923 in Sacramento. His father ran a successful lumber business. Miller was a sophomore in ROTC at Santa Clara College when WWII began. In May of 1943, he entered the Army Specialized Training Program at University of California, Berkeley, to study engineering. In March of 1944, Miller became a private in the infantry, and was assigned to the 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. In September of 1944 he shipped overseas. When the Battle of the Bulge began, Miller’s unit was rushed 350 miles across France in four days. He went into combat for the first time near Neufchateau, southwest of Bastogne, on December 30th. He survived weeks of chaotic fighting in the snow and bitter cold, and in the village of Chenogne captured thirteen German prisoners almost inadvertently.

At the end of January when a mortar shell exploded in a hole where he was taking shelter, Miller was temporarily deafened and suffered a concussion as well as shrapnel wounds. He fought with the 11th Armored Division for the rest of the war in Europe, and participated in the liberation of the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. After the war in Europe ended, Miller became a reporter for Stars and Stripes in Paris. In 1948 he returned to Sacramento and went to work for his family’s lumber business, married and had three children.

Burnett served as the Mayor of Sacramento from 1982–1983, and City Councilman from 1971 – 1973. He was an integral part of the Sacramento History Museum family, and he will be dearly missed.


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