Central Valley Visitor Information

California State Capitol & Museum

At the State Capitol, the past, present and future of California interact with equal force. The building serves as both a museum and the state’s working seat of government.

Visitors to the Capitol can at once experience California’s rich history and witness the making of history through the modern lawmaking process.

The Capitol Art Program maintains the Capitol’s collected works including an extensive antiques and statuary collection located throughout the Historic West Wing and East Annex of the Capitol. The Art collections include the Capitol Collection that evokes the essence of the state through image recognizable as distinctive California scenery and people. The capitol also include portraits of all the governors, two stunning murals and numerous antiques and artifacts. In addition, each senator selects artists from his or his district to display their work in their offices behind the Senate Chambers.

Centuries before California became a state, Greek philosophers were debating the merits of a new form of government—democracy. In Greek, democracy literally means the rule of the people. It’s fitting that California’s Capitol has stylistic roots in architecture from democratic antiquity. A common feature found in many state capitols, including California’s, is a portico opening into a central rotunda that rises into a dome. This architectural convention, borrowed from the Romans, creates an inspiring and majestic entrance. Visit the capitol to take a tour to explore this amazing building and learn about its features and roots. Virtual tours are available at their website.  More Info

California State Capitol Museum
10th and L Streets
State Capitol, Room B-27
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

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Top Attractions in the Central Valley Area

Bakersfield Music Theatre
Bidwell Park & Bidwell Mansion
Boomers, Modesto
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, Bakersfield
Buttonwillow Raceway Park
California Living Museum
California State Capitol & Museum
California State Railroad Museum, Sacramento
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
Explorit Science Center
Fairytale Town
Feather River Fish Hatchery, Oroville
Folsom Premium Outlets
Forestiere Underground Gardens, Fresno
National Yo Yo Museum, Chico
Old Sacramento
Oroville Dam & Lake, Oroville
Sacramento Zoo
San Luis National Wildlife Refuge
Sierra Nevada Brewing Tour
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

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