Underground Tours

It’s Jacked Up!

Come see and learn how Sacramento lifted itself up out of the flood waters during the 1860s and 1870s!

Tour guides explain how the streets and buildings were “Jacked Up!” to avoid further flooding as visitors explore two spaces that were created by the city’s successful raising process. This historical tour includes hollow sidewalks, sloped alleyways, and the Underground spaces themselves. Our colorful cast of guides ensures no two tours are ever the same!

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Old Sacramento Underground tours depart from the Sacramento History Museum at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. This half-mile guided historical walking tour lasts approximately one hour and visit areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings. The tour is ADA compliant and can accommodate up to 20 people.

Come dressed for the weather outside! You will be outside until you reach the underground spaces, which are not temperature controlled. Tours run rain or shine!

Please note, when events are occurring downtown, at the Golden One Center, or at Raley Field, parking can be sparse in Old Sacramento. Please leave extra time to find parking if taking a tour on an event day.

Please note, there is no photography in the Underground spaces.

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Underground Tour Schedule:

The 2017 Underground Tour season runs from April 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Tickets are available for the full 2017 season now! Tour dates and times vary throughout the year. Follow the link to buy tickets to see the full 2017 season’s schedule of tours.

Gold Rush Days Advisory

Please note that during Labor Day weekend, September 1-4, Old Sacramento hosts its annual Gold Rush Days event throughout the historic district. During this event, parking is limited and traffic in the area can be heavy. If you plan to attend a tour during Labor Day weekend, we highly recommend purchasing your tickets in advance and leaving ample time to arrive before your tour. All ticket sales are final and cannot be exchanged or refunded. Tours will depart on time. Museum staff will make every effort to catch latecomers up to the tour they purchased.

Tickets:

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Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youths age 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are free; however, the tour is not recommended for this age group.

Reservations are recommended since tours do sell out. Please note that tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Want a private tour? Private tours can be booked for up to 20 people for a flat rate of $300, based upon availability. Please email Shawn Turner at sturner@cityofsacramento.org or call 916-808-7973.

Underground School Tours:

School Tours run all year long! To book an Underground school tour, please contact Me’Lisa James at mcjames@cityofsacramento.org. Tour dates and times will depend on program availability. Please note the museum a strict 25 person maximum (including adults) per Underground school tour.