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Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Contact Information

(916) 323-3047

Park Hours

10:00 am until 5:00 pm
Wednesday through Sunday (closed Monday and Tuesday)

Driving Directions to Governor's Mansion SHP

The park is located at 16th and H streets in downtown Sacramento. A small gift shop is located in the carriage house, where the entry fees are collected and orientation begins.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Effective January 1, 2015, the Governor's Mansion State Historic Park will close to the public for an extensive renovation project.  The Mansion will undergo preservation work, which will include necessary upgrades to aging electrical, plumbing, fire suppression, heating and air conditioning systems.

The work will be conducted in phases, and is expected to be completed in 2015.

California State Parks encourages visitors to visit these other historic Sacramento-area State parks, including:

  • The Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park:  After a 14-year, $20 million restoration and renovation, the Stanford Mansion is 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. For more information visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/stanfordmansion.
     
  • The California 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. For more information visit http://www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov

Please check back for more updates.  Thank you.


California’s executive mansion, popularly known at the Governor’s Mansion, was built in 1877 for Albert and Clemenza Gallatin. Albert was a partner in the Sacramento hardware store of Huntington & Hopkins. The State of California purchased the house from Joseph and Louisa Steffens to use as a home for California’s first families in 1903 for $32,500. Victorian architecture was somewhat out of style by then, but the house was suitably impressive, conveniently located, and comfortable.

Governor George Pardee, his wife Helen and four daughters were the first residents of the “new” Governor’s Mansion. During the next 64 years it was home to the families of 12 other governors. Among these were Nina and Earl Warren with six children, and Nancy and Ronald Reagan with their two children. Warren later became Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, and Reagan became president of the United States.

Today’s guests see marble fireplaces from Italy, gold framed mirrors from France, and exquisitely handcrafted hinges and doorknobs, all of which are reminders of the Gallatins and the Victorian era. Outside some of the Mansion’s abundant vegetation includes flowers, shrubs, and trees dating back to 1877. But when visitors look behind the grape stake fence and see Governor Brown’s swimming pool built in 1959, they are reminded that the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park is really a walk through time.

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

Location-Directions
The park is located at the corner of 16th and H Streets in downtown Sacramento; metered parking is available on both 16th and H Street.  A small gift shop is located in the carriage house, where the entry fees are collected and the tour orientation begins.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing   Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Use these links for more information on the Historic Governor's Mansion:

Inside the Governor's Mansion  (PDF 1.4 mb)

Governors Who Lived in the Mansion and Milestones During Terms in Office

Photography

• We welcome photography for personal use.
• Please refrain from flash photography.
• Tripods are not permitted for safety reasons.
• Commercial photography is allowed on a case by case basis by advance arrangement. Visit www.film.ca.gov for more information.


Available Activities and Facilities at Governor's Mansion State Historic Park

DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Museums
Family Programs
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available