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Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks, Sacramento

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The Capital District State Museums and Historic Parks encompasses seven State Historic Parks and Museums located within the Downtown and Midtown areas of California’s Capital City—Sacramento. Two units are in outlying areas: the Woodland Opera House in Woodland, California; and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park located in Jamestown, in the heart of California’s Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento. Collectively these facilities preserve and interpret the heritage of California’s Capital City, and illuminate the many forces that have shaped Sacramento and the Golden State.


For more information about each of these facilities, including upcoming special events and exhibits, please scroll down to the various links below:

California State Capitol MuseumCalifornia State Capitol Museum
Home of the California Legislature since 1869,  the State Capitol underwent a major renovation that restored much of the building's original look.  The building features exhibits and tours - and possibly an opportunity to watch the legislators debate a bill or cast a vote. Visit the California State Capitol Museum website.

California State Railroad MuseumCalifornia State Railroad Museum
The California State Railroad Museum houses on of the finest collections of historic railroad engines in the world.  Tour a swaying Pullman sleeping car. Board a million-pound steam locomotive. Visit North America’s most popular railroad museum where our exhibits showcase how railroads and their diverse workforce have shaped our lives and culture. Visit the California State Railroad Museum

Governors Mansion State Historic ParkGovernor's Mansion State Historic Park
The regal Victorian mansion, home to 13 of California’s governors from 1903 to 1967, is filled with historic furnishings, fourteen-foot ceilings, chandeliers, Persian carpets and Italian marble fireplaces. Mansion guides tell stories of California’s governors and their families. Visit the Governor's Mansion SHP website.

Leland Stanford Mansion SHPLeland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
After a 14-year, $20 million restoration and renovation, the Stanford Mansion is now open to the public. It also serves the citizens of California as the state's official reception center for leaders from around the world. The Leland Stanford Mansion is a stunning example of the splendor and elegance of the Victorian era in California. Visit the Leland Stanford Mansion SHP website.

Old Sacramento State Historic ParkOld Sacramento State Historic Park
A cluster of noteworthy, early Gold Rush commercial structures located within the Old Sacramento Historic District. Included are the 1849 Eagle Theater; the 1853 B. F. Hastings Building, once home to the California Supreme Court and western terminus of the Pony Express; and the 1855 Big Four Building, which today houses the Huntington & Hopkins Hardware Store and the California State Railroad Museum Library. Visit the Old Sacramento SHP website.

Railtown 1897 State Historic ParkRailtown 1897 State Historic Park
Located in Jamestown, in the heart of California’s Gold Country about 100 miles southeast of Sacramento, Railtown 1897 SHP is home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway. Since 1919, Railtown 1897 SHP and its historic locomotives and cars have appeared in over 200 television productions and movies. Steam Trains operate Saturdays and Sundays April thru October departing from the Railtown Depot hourly 11 am to 3 pm. Visit the Railtown 1897 SHP website.

Sutter's Fort State Historic ParkSutter's Fort State Historic Park
Sutter’s Fort was the Sacramento Valley’s earliest European settlement. Self-guided tours explain unique museum exhibits: including carpenter and blacksmith shops, bakery, dining room and living quarters. This State Historic Park is in the center of Sacramento and has an extensive schedule of "Living History" events throughout the year. Visit the Sutter's Fort SHP website.

California Indian BasketState Indian Museum
The State Indian Museum, opened in 1940, depicts three major themes of California Indian life: Nature, Spirit, and Family. Cultural items on display include traditional baskets, a redwood dugout canoe, ceremonial regalia, beadwork, and hunting & fishing tools.  There is also a hands-on area where visitors learn to use the pump drill to make holes in shells for beads and the mortar & pestle to grind acorns.
Visit the State Indian Museum website.     Learn about the CIHC.

Woodland Opera HouseWoodland Opera House
Built in 1885, the original Opera House burned down in the 1892.  It was rebuilt on the same site, using some of the remaining foundations and bricks from the walls, reopening in 1896. It became the stopping place for such performers a Nance O' Neil and Harry Davenport. The great Polish actress Madame Helen Modjeska and John Philip Sousa were some of those who preformed on its stage.
View the Woodland Opera House website.