Museums Walking Tour in Sacramento, Sacramento (Self Guided)

Sacramento is the city where you can visit numerous amazing museums. You can discover here different things that belong to the culture and history of the city. We encourage you to find out about some of the most well-known and impressive museums in the U.S.A.
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Museums Walking Tour in Sacramento Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour in Sacramento
Guide Location: USA » Sacramento (See other walking tours in Sacramento)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km
Author: Dee
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California State Railroad Museum

1) California State Railroad Museum (must see)

The California State Railroad Museum is a museum in the state park system of California, interpreting the role of the "iron horse" in connecting California to the rest of the nation.The museum features 21 restored locomotives and railroad cars, some dating back to 1862. Other exhibits show how the influence of railroads changed American society, influencing travel, commerce and daily life, as well as the lives of railroaders and the diversity of people who work on railroads. Changing exhibits featuring photography, ephemera, and artifacts from the museum's collection. Adjacent to the main museum building is reconstruction of the 1870s-era Central Pacific Railroad passenger station and freight depot on Front Street, which houses historic and contemporary railroad equipment.
The museum has its origins in 1937, when a group of railroad enthusiasts in the San Francisco Bay Area formed the Pacific Coast Chapter of the Railway & Locomotive Historical Society. This organization worked for years to promote the idea of a railroad museum, donating 30 historic locomotives and cars to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to be the nucleus of a State-operated museum in Sacramento.
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Wells Fargo Museum

2) The Wells Fargo Museum

Wells Fargo Center is a 129 m office building in downtown Sacramento California. Construction on the skyscraper began in 1990 with completion in 1992, and yet stands as the tallest building in the city. The building occupies a 2.3-acre city block, and features a five-story granite and marble walled interior within a clear glass atrium. The project was developed by William Wilson & Associates in partnership with Crocker Properties. The architect was Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum (HOK).

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Crocker Art Museum

3) Crocker Art Museum (must see)

The Crocker Art Museum is one of the leading arts institutions in California, and the longest continuously operating art museum in the West. Located in Sacramento, the Crocker has been an art innovator since 1885. The Museum boasts one of the state’s premier collections of Californian art dating from the Gold Rush to the present day, a world-renowned collection of master drawings, European paintings, one of the largest and most comprehensive international ceramics collections in the U.S. and collections of Asian, African, and Oceanic art. In addition to its impressive collections, the Crocker offers a wide variety of public programs.
The expanded Museum includes a new education center with four studio art classrooms, an art education resource room for teachers and docents, an expanded library, and student and community exhibition galleries, as well as an auditorium and public gathering places.
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm; Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

4) Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park (must see)

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park is a state and federally protected area in Sacramento. It features the Leland Stanford House, a mansion once owned by Leland Stanford, Governor of California from 1862 to 1863, U.S. Senator from 1885 to 1893, railroad tycoon, member of the Big Four and founder of Stanford University. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987.The original owner and builder of the home was Sacramento merchant Shelton C. Fogus, a wealthy Sacramento building merchant.

The Renaissance Revival architecture of the original home is attributed to Seth Babson.Between 1871 to 1872, the Stanford family embarked on an ambitious remodeling of the residence. As Stanford had to attend his gubernatorial inauguration by rowboat in 1862, the home was raised twelve feet in response to frequent flooding from the Sacramento River.The home was also expanded from 4,000 square feet to 19,000, and redesigned to reflect the French Second Empire architecture popular of the period. In 1978, the government of California acquired the property for use as a state park. The Sisters of Social Services would remain on the grounds until 1987, when California State Parks designated the mansion and the immediate surrounding land as a state historic park.

Beginning in 1991, with the help of Sacramento businessman and former Stanford University professor Peter McCuen, the Stanford Mansion underwent a 14-year renovation at the cost $22 million dollars. The repairs and restoration were completed in 2005, when the mansion opened to the public. California State Parks offers guided tours through the fully refurbished home.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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California State Capitol Museum

5) California State Capitol Museum (must see)

The California State Capitol is home to the government of California. The building houses the bicameral state legislature and the office of the governor. Located in Sacramento, the Neoclassical structure was completed between 1861 and 1874 at the west end of Capitol Park.

The building is based on the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. The west facade ends in projecting bays, and a portico projects from the center of the building. At the base of the portico, seven granite archways brace and support the porch above. Eight fluted Corinthian columns line the portico. A cornice supports the pediment above depicting Minerva surrounded by Education, Justice, and Mining. The dome is 64 m high, matching that of the U.S. Capitol, and supports a lantern with a smaller dome capped with a gold-leafed orbed finial.
The California Senate chamber seats its forty members in a large chamber room decorated in red, which is a reference to the British House of Lords, also the upper house of a bicameral legislature. The chamber is entered through a second floor corridor
Opening hours: Weekdays 8 am - 5 pm; Weekends 9 am - 5 pm;
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts

6) The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts

The California Museum, formerly The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts is housed in the State Archives Building in Sacramento, one block from the State Capitol. The building has more than 20,000 square feet of exhibit space, and facilities for lectures, performances, receptions and events.

Originally called the Golden State Museum, The California Museum opened in June 1998 as a unique public/private partnership. In May 2004, former First Lady Maria Shriver, working with the Secretary of State and California State Parks, presented an exhibit titled “California’s Remarkable Women.” This trailblazing exhibit honors the legacy and celebrates the accomplishments of California’s remarkable women of yesterday and today. The exhibit’s success set in motion the idea for The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts—a Museum that tells the story of California and for the first time the stories of California’s women.

Towering six stories over the Museum’s courtyard, the public art piece “RIGHTS” inspires thought and comment. Sculpted into the massive wall are words taken from California’s Constitution and chosen for their enduring meaning. Depending on the angle of the light, different words leap forward. In the early morning or late afternoon, the giant word “RIGHTS,” the underlying theme of the piece, stands out, while at midday other “rights,” indicated by words such as “redress” and “assemble,” are more apparent. The artists’ grouping of the words adds another layer of meaning, punctuated by colors drawn from California’s own palette of forest, ocean, and desert hues.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; First Sunday of the month: 12 pm – 5 pm.

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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California Automobile Museum

7) California Automobile Museum (must see)

California Automobile Museum, formerly the Towe Auto Museum, is an automobile museum located in Sacramento. It has a collection of over 160 classic cars, race cars, muscle cars, hot rods and early models displayed throughout 72,000 square feet (6,700 m2) of museum space. The mission of the California Automobile Museum is to educate and entertain while preserving and promoting the automobile and its influence on our lives.

The California Automobile Museum was the first automobile museum in the west to be established in perpetuity. Founded in 1983 as the California Vehicle Foundation, the museum opened to the public in 1987 as the Towe Ford Museum, proudly displaying the largest collection of Fords in the world, courtesy of Edward Towe, a Montana banker. In 1997, the museum was renamed the Towe Auto Museum, as they began displaying vehicles of all makes and models. In 2009, the Board of Directors officially changed the name of the museum to the California Automobile Museum, reflecting the expanded mission it has grown into over the last 25 years. Most of the vehicles currently on display are on loan from private exhibitors. Only approximately 25% of the vehicles are owned by the California Vehicle Foundation. Some of the cars are on loan for a month and some for five years, so the display is a constantly changing exhibit of rolling stock to better tell the story of the development of the automobile and its effect on our lives.

Operation hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm; Every 3rd Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm

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Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Sacramento, California

Create Your Own Walk in Sacramento

Create Your Own Walk in Sacramento

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sacramento is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping Walking Tour in Sacramento

Shopping Walking Tour in Sacramento

Experience a unique kind of shopping by visiting the stores and markets in Sacramento. You will discover original products that cannot be found elsewhere in California. You will surely find something for yourself, or as a gift for someone else, or you will just spend some great shopping time. This tour plan offers a view of the most magnificent stores that should not be missed on a tour of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Family Entertainment in Sacramento

Family Entertainment in Sacramento

Sacramento is a town where visitors can easily find different attractions and places to have fun. Whether you are with friends or family, this tour guide offers many unique amusement parks and theatres where you can spend time while on vacation. Sign up for the next tour if you want to see the most interesting and attractive places in Sacramento.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Art Galleries in Sacramento

Art Galleries in Sacramento

Sacramento is the ideal city for guests who are fascinated by art. Once a month, all the art galleries stay open late and encourage the community to participate in the Second Saturday Art Walk. On this walking tour, you will witness the most magnificent art galleries in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 km
Sacramento Churches Walking Tour

Sacramento Churches Walking Tour

This guide will assist you when visiting some of the churches and cathedrals located in Sacramento, California, U.S.A. You are invited to admire the architecture of these buildings which are specific to different religions such as Baptist, Jewish, Russian and Greek orthodox as well as Catholic. Check out the most attractive churches in Sacramento on this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Top Architectural Buildings in Sacramento

Top Architectural Buildings in Sacramento

Sacramento is a city where it is easy to find distinctive architectural buildings. This self-guided city tour will help you discover some of the most valued works of art in town and admire the individuality of their style. Take this tour and you will be captivated by Sacramento's most interesting architectural constructions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Downtown Orientation Walk

Downtown Orientation Walk

Immortalized by Jack London's famous “There's plenty of gold so I've been told, on the banks of the Sacramento!”, the capital of California is otherwise a quiet historic city sitting at the confluence of the Sacramento and American Rivers. The Old Sacramento district preserves much of the Gold Rush era heritage, including the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, one of...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.0 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Sacramento for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sacramento has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sacramento, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.