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 the Golden 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. 

Next up, Thursday, June 27, 2019, at 7 p.m., is The Transcontinental as a business venture and how it shaped the American West. Richard White; Winner of a MacArthur Fellowship and the Parkman Prize, and the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, is the author of: Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America. This lecture and book signing will take place at the California Railroad Museum. For more information, Click Here.  


A Page in Time Book Fair

Set your calendars for Saturday, June 29, from noon to 3 p.m. for the “A Page in Time” Book Fair. Come meet the authors who capture “a page in time” of Sacramento through their words and photos. This event is a chance to meet authors who tell the history of Sacramento and Gold Country through a variety of viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. This event is free with museum admission. For more information, Click Here



Blue Star Museum

The Sacramento History Museum is proud to be one of seven 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, continuing through Labor Day (September 2), 2019. 


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.

We also have a few scholarships available for weeks 1 & 3. Contact Susan Voskuil-Starcevich for more information.


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.


Summer Means More Old Sacramento Tours!

Help us celebrate our 10th season of Underground Tours, Mondays – Wednesdays at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m., noon, 12:30, 1:30, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturdays, every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus 4 p.m., and Sundays every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tours depart 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 11 a.m., 12:30, and 2 p.m., 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 the 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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