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.


Don’t miss Waterfront Days this weekend!

Join the fun this weekend in Old Sacramento! Guests coming to Old Sacramento Waterfront Days will be entertained by talented period musicians performing live throughout the district in addition to a Shakespearian Comedic Play. Experience the Gold Rush Fire Brigade (as seen at the Rose Bowl Parade), and other Old West theatrics, family-friendly melodramas, history re-enactments, horse-drawn carriages, canons, gold panning, hands-on children’s arts and crafts activities, the popular Tent City depicting daily life during the Gold Rush, and much more.

To find out more, click here.


Blue Star Museum

The Sacramento History Museum is proud to be one of six Sacramento area museums offering  free admission to active military and their families through Labor Day (September 2), 2019. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families starting today, and continuing through Labor Day (September 2), 2019. 


Don’t Miss the Gold Spike Lecture Series

Timed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Sacramento History Museum – in partnership with the California State Railroad Museum, Center for Sacramento History and the Crocker Art Museum – is proud to present the Gold Spike Lecture Series that will take place April through September 2019. 

Earmarked by an exciting line-up of guest speakers and a variety of compelling topics, the lectures and book signing events will take place at the Sacramento History Museum, the California Railroad Museum, and the Crocker Art Gallery. For more information, Click Here.  


On May 30th, at 7:00 pm, the Center for Sacramento History’s Speaker Series presents Mexican American Baseball in Sacramento.

Dr. Ocegueda, assistant professor of U.S. and Mexican American history at Sacramento State, will present on Mexican American Baseball in Sacramento, his recently released photo-documentary book. Organized baseball in California can be traced back to the Gold Rush, with Mexican American baseball documented back to the 1870s. Dr. Ocegueda’s book explores the overlooked history of Sacramento’s Mexican American sports community and connects stories of athletes, teams, and their community to a broader Mexican American history.

In addition to the talk and the book, a special exhibition will be on display at City Hall starting May 6th and running through the end of August 2019. This event will take place at the Center for Sacramento History, (551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd).

To purchase tickets, Click Here.


Old Sacramento History Camp is Coming!

Old Sacramento History Camp is a day camp for children in 1st -7th grade, that provides a safe, fun, and educational experience.  Campers take part in field trips to historic sites and museums in the Sacramento area, arts and crafts, games, and outdoor activities.  History Camp Directors create daily schedules that ensure there is never a dull moment at camp. Spots fill up quickly, so register now! To find out more, Click Here.


It’s Time For Field Trips!

We are still accepting school programs and will continue to hold school programs using Old Sacramento as our classroom. Programs include  Sacramento History programs, Gold Rush programs, Underground, Gold Fever! tours, and more. To find out more, Click Here.


Spring Means More Old Sacramento Tours!

Help us celebrate our 10th season of Underground Tours, Monday – Friday at 1pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 11am, noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2pm, and 3pm. Tours departing from the Sacramento History Museum.

Try your luck in the rough-and-tumble Gold Rush, with the Gold Fever! Game. Get the fever, Saturdays & Sundays at 10:30am, noon, and 1:30pm, departing from the Visitor’s Center at 1001 2nd Street.

Our extremely popular Underground After Hours are back, as well, running Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 6pm. Your guides for Underground After Hours divulge matters they just can’t discuss on the daytime tours: Murder, mischief, madness, mayhem – and madams! Guests must be 21 or over.


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We are Pleased to Announce an Addition to our Underground Tour Program, Special Spanish-Speaking Tours on Second Sunday Each Month.

Spanish-speaking Old Sacramento Underground Tours are available at 3 p.m. on the Second Sunday of each month.

Tours fill up quickly, so book your space now!  Click Here for tickets.






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