Sac Area Museum Must-Sees!

With Summer in Full Swing…
Local Museums Welcome the Community Back with
Plenty of Must-See & Must-Do Experiences!

As local museums continue to ramp-up, fully reopen, and
welcome the community back, many favorite destinations offer plenty of must-see and must-do experiences perfect to explore this summer. In compliance with all state, city and county guidelines, most local museums have reopened in some capacity (while some have modified
hours/offerings, are open by appointment only, etc.). You are encouraged to show support for local museums by making plans to visit your  favorite destinations (or discover new ones). As a starter list, a sampling of must-see and must-do experiences and activations offered by local museums this summer include the following:

California Museum – Developed by the California Museum in collaboration with First
Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, the must-see exhibit “Fight for the Right: 100 Years of
Women Voting” continues through August 29. The limited-time exhibition features artifacts,
historic photographs and interactive activities that chronicle the struggle for women’s
suffrage from the mid-19th century to the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920,
drawing parallels to the ongoing fight for women’s equality that continues today. For
details, please visit
California State Capitol Museum – Surrounding the California State Capitol is a free,
must-see luxurious 40-acre park in downtown Sacramento with shady winding paths,
flowers in bloom, benches, and plantings from all around the world…some of which are
the largest trees of their kind in the state. And, for virtual tours inside the museum and
more, please visit
California State Railroad Museum – Presented and curated by the National Model
Railroad Association (NMRA), the must-see “The Magic of Scale Model Railroading”
exhibit appeals to all ages and is designed to introduce and attract a new generation of
scale model railroading enthusiasts. Visitors are treated to an impressive number of model
train layouts and locomotives, information panels, a Timeline of Scale Model Railroading,
and much more. For more, please visit
Crocker Art Museum – Organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and toured by
International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the
Driehaus Collection is a celebration of beauty. The must-see exhibition revels in Tiffany’s
artistry and craftsmanship, featuring 60 objects that span more than 30 years of Tiffany’s
prolific career. Now on view through September 12, 2021, more information is available at
Locke Boarding House Museum – Located in the historic and picturesque town of
Locke, one new and must-see exhibit at the museum is titled “Locke – From Its Founding
to WWII.” The fascinating exhibit offers a glimpse into the daily lives of the early Chinese
residents and merchants of Locke. A sample of artifacts on display include an extensive
collection of pre-war clothing, household items, tools, musical instruments, traditional
Chinese medicines, and information placards. For more information, please visit
Sacramento History Museum – An absolute must-do experience is to take an
interpretive Old Sacramento Underground tour (the cool underground spaces are
especially nice on a hot summer day). Guests have the unique opportunity to explore what
has been hidden beneath the city for more than 150 years, while uncovering the facts and
legends that lie below historic buildings and sidewalks. Tour guests explore excavated
foundations, enclosed pathways and interesting archaeology exhibits while hearing
sounds of 1860 street life. Old Sacramento Underground Tours are offered Fridays
through Sundays. For tour times and more details, please visit
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – New this summer, California State Parks is offering
extended evening hours during the months of July and August. On Fridays and Saturdays,
operating hours will be extended to 8 p.m. so visitors can enjoy an evening visit that often
provides more shade, a nice delta breeze, and must-see sunsets during self-guided tours
or the Park. For more information, visit
Verge Center for the Arts – To kick-start creativity, Clay Lab is a must-do, hands-on
experience that is open to everyone (supplies and firings provided) on Tuesdays from 5 to
8 p.m. & Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those interested in “playing in the mud” can
simply drop in this open lab and explore on their own or receive guidance from friendly
and knowledgeable staff. For more about classes and pass options, please

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