Comfort Suites Downtown Sacramento
226 Jibboom St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 446-9400
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Arts & Museums
Formally the Discovery Museum History Center, the Sacramento History Museum is perfect place to spend the day. Learn about the fascinating history of the city, including the Gold Rush. You can view a wide range of artifacts, and the museum has several interesting exhibits that focus on the city's creation.
California State Railroad Museum is the largest train museum in the country. Dedicated to accuracy and detail, the California State Railroad Museum, located in historic Old Sacramento, recreates the golden days of American railroading circa 1849. Adults and kids alike can wander for hours among restored locomotives, cars, bridges and railroad equipment. Indoor and outdoor displays bring to life rail travel during the Gold Rush Era.
The Wells Fargo History Museum in Old Sacramento showcases a 140-year history of the Pony Express, gold discovery and banking long ago. The museum is housed in the original building where the bank managed the Pony Express. Exhibits include gold, money, treasure boxes, guns, tools and original papers. Museum staff dressed in period costume guide tours and explain the bank's connection with the Pony Express and banking during the Gold Rush. Admission is free.
For a taste of the Old West, complete with dirt and cobblestone streets flanked with wide wooden sidewalks and "Bonanza"-style buildings, visit Old Sac. Tour the historical four blocks in a horse-drawn carriage or take a ride on a riverboat. Bustling with activity, this place offers tourist shops, museums and antique trains. On weekends you can usually hear Cajun, blues, or folk music in one of several saloons and restaurants.
The California Military Museum has a large display of weapons, uniforms, battle flags and medals. In chronological order, you can see artifacts from before California was a state through the Spanish/American War, Civil War, World War I and II, and Bosnia. There is also information about Teddy Roosevelt's life, the San Francisco earthquake and a research center for anything you may have missed. The gift shop has memorabilia for sale.
Founded in the 1870s, Crocker Art Museum is known as the first art museum in the West. The historical building with hand-carved doors, ornate walls and parquet floors, creates a gorgeous backdrop as impressive as the art. The art includes the Gold Rush, Victorian and European masters and contemporary works. The museum hosts art talks, classical concerts, jazz concerts, and tours (afternoons and weekends). A gift shop is also available.
Operating continuously since the day the doors opened in 1869, California State Capitol Museum is where the State of California's legislature met. By the late 1970s, the building was declared seismically unsafe and had become an eyesore. The Legislature decided to stay in its traditional home and authorized a massive restoration. Today, from the intricate tile work on the front lobby floor to the lovingly etched filigreed detail in alcoves under the rotunda, the craftsmanship of a bygone era is evident. Docent guided tours are free.
The California Museum offers the history of the state in a dazzling array of high-tech, multimedia displays and exhibits. The museum makes the subject of history an entertaining treat for the entire family. It uses interactive displays (including holograms) to depict the "People, Place, Politics, and Promise of California" in its four main galleries. A highlight of the museum is the display of the original California Constitution.
Located within The California Museum, California Hall of Fame honors the men and women who've contributed prominently in shaping this great state. Established in 2006, the list includes luminaries from every field including politics and business to sports and technology. Visitors to the exhibit can explore personal artifacts of the people on the list. New people are added on the list each year in a grand ceremony.
The pale, conservative background of this gallery tends to fade away; highlighting rather than competing with the art on display. Discover a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and other "hard" materials. Works by artists Gregory Barton and the colourful and expressive mixed media works of Lauren Barton share the spotlight with the art of others. Barton Gallery tends to feature pieces focusing on the many forms of the human figure. The displays change monthly.
Are you interested in bronze art or casting? Art Foundry gallery is devoted to a variety of unusual bronze works. Casting demonstrations are provided as part of its participation in the Second Saturday art walk. Works by local artists in many metallic-based mediums are always on display as well as for sale.
The California Auto Museum displays antique automobiles of all makes and models. Antique mannequins and artifacts enhance this museum's history of the automobile. Showcasing more than 150 classics, the museum also features dream exhibits which explore society's passion for speed, independence and the "cool" image associated with cars. Guided tours, video programs, group discounts, a gift shop, private party room (with cars displayed) and a research library are available.