- Aerospace Museum of California
- The Bear Flag Museum
- California Automobile Museum
- The California Museum
- California Native American Heritage Commission
- California State Archives
- California State Capitol Museum
- California State Indian Museum
- California State Library
- The California State Military Museum
- California State Railroad Museum
- Center for Sacramento History
- Crocker Art Museum
- The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
- The Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
- Fairytale Town
- Folsom, El Dorado & Sacramento Historical Railroad Association, Inc.
- Folsom History Museum
- Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
- Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
- The Library, Department of Special Collections and University Archives (CSU Sacramento)
- Old City Cemetery Committee, Inc.
- Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
- Old Sacramento State Historic Park
- Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society
- Sacramento County Historical Society
- Sacramento History Museum
- Sacramento Public Library
- Sacramento Zoo
- Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical History Museum
- Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
- Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
- The Wells Fargo History Museum – Downtown
- The Wells Fargo History Museum – Old Sacramento
3200 Freedom Park Drive
McClellan, CA 95652
Phone: (916) 643-3192
Fax: (916) 643-0389
Since the new Museum pavilion and air park opened in February 2007, over 250,000 visitors have come to view the unique collection of 40 military and civilian aircraft, the 15 restored engines on display, use the educational programs, and enjoy the Coast Guard art collection. Visitors see aircraft from a fully restored 1932 Curtiss-Wright "speed wing" biplane to an A-10 Warthog and engines including models from pre-World War I, the first jet engine, and a J-58 jet engine that powered the SR-71 Blackbird to 3 times the speed of sound. Our Aerospace Learning Center allows visitors to fly non-motion flight simulators or ride in a motion ride simulator.
In addition to housing of the McClellan Air Force Base history, the Foundation is focused on expanding its educational programs. The museum will depict the military presence in the Greater Sacramento area, history of local flying clubs, and the impact of aerospace companies such as Aerojet that represent the spectrum of aviation and aerospace activities that have grown and flourished locally.
The Museum has been twice recognized by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics for sponsoring their continuing education teacher workshops. If the museum act on our vision, the educational programs and teacher workshops can open the door for young people to the limitless adventures and career opportunities that are available in aerospace, aviation and other technical fields.
The Bear Flag Museum is the inspiration of William J. ("Bill") Trinkle, a California attorney and member of the North American Vexillological Association ("NAVA") since 1994. NAVA is a group devoted to the serious study of flags from a multidisciplinary view.
In October 2006, after attending the NAVA 40 Convention in Reno, NV, the idea first blossomed in Trinkle’s mind to create a virtual museum of the California Bear Flag. The Bear Flag Museum is the result.
The California Automobile Museum has 72,000 square feet of space and over 150 cars on display at any given time. The museum’s mission statement is to preserve, exhibit and teach the story of the automobile and its influence on our lives, and provides a detailed history on each vehicle and interlace it with personal information.
The museum has a permanent exhibit that spotlights vehicles from the early 1900s through alternative fueled vehicles of the future. Approximately 25% of the vehicles are donated, the rest are displayed by private owners who loan them for exhibit either for a long period of time or several months. The museum is consistently changing vehicles in and out of the Museum and adding new exhibits. The museum has an annual exhibit area, which rotates out every 9-12 months, a rotating exhibit that changes approximately every three months and one exhibit which changes every month. The museum also has exhibits on the history of racecars (Legends of Speed).
The Museum also hosts educational classes and workshops—all of the classes are hands-on. Everything is taught from taking apart a single stroke engine to learn how gasses, solids and liquids work, to digital photography of vehicles and how to make them better, to learning the history of the vehicle (from the inside out) of the Model T or Model A and driving one by the end of the day.
Finally, the museum offers educational tours for every age group.
California is an amazing state where options are limitless and dreams become reality.
The California Museum fosters this concept as new educational programs are created, exhibits are crafted and cultural events are opened to the public. The museum fulfill this mission by creating a unique learning space where children, adults, and visitors from around the globe can be inspired by this great state's rich history and stories of its innovative people. All visitors are encouraged to make their own mark on history.
The California Museum is the ONLY museum that provides insight into California's legacy by uniquely showcasing the stories of inspirational people and events. These people include Sally Ride, Ronald Reagan, Rita Moreno and Jackie Robinson. These events include the birth of Hollywood, the discovery of gold, the earthquake of 1906 and the table grape boycott.
The California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) is the state's "trustee agency" for the protection and preservation of Native American cultural resources, sacred sites on public land and Native American burial sites. NAHC facilitates consultation between California tribal governments, Indian organizations and tribal elders with local, state, and federal agencies.
1020 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 653-2246, reference desk
(916) 653-7715, general information
Fax: (916) 653-7715
The California State Archives collects, catalogs, preserves, and provides access to the historic records of state government and some local governments. The Archives collection is primarily composed of records from California state agencies, the governor's office, the state legislature, and the State Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal. The records are organized under the name of the agency or office that transferred the records to the Archives. The collections also include some private papers that have been donated to the Archives. As of January 2009, the collection consists of millions of paper documents, maps, photographs, three–dimensional artifacts, and records in other formats such as audiotape and videotape.
The State Archives has specialized programs to collect and preserve records of state government. The Legislative Archives Program, Court Records Program and Governor's Records Program work with the three branches of Government to identify records of enduring value that should be preserved in the Archives. The State Records Appraisal Program works to identify and collect records of state agencies.
Public education and outreach are also important elements of the State Archives' mission. In October of each year, the public can attend the Archives Month Open House, enjoy a behind–the–scenes tour of the facility and learn more about the archival profession and other archival repositories in California. Together with the Sacramento Genealogical Society and the Genealogical and Historical Council of Sacramento Valley, the State Archives also hosts Family History Day to introduce the public to the exciting world of genealogical research.
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.
2618 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: (916) 324-0971
The California State Indian Museum displays exhibits illustrating the cultures of the state's first inhabitants. California's prehistoric population, one of the largest and most diverse in the hemisphere, was made up of over 150 distinct tribal groups who spoke at least sixty-four different languages. California Indian population estimates (before the arrival of the first Europeans) are at least 500,000 people.
California Indian cultural items in the museum include basketry, beadwork, clothing and exhibits about the ongoing traditions of various California Indian tribes. Descendants of the first Californians, tens of thousands of them, still live in California and still cherish and carry on their unique cultural heritage. Indigenous people have donated many photographs of family, friends and memorable times for use in the museum. A section of the museum features a hands-on area, where visitors can try their hand at using Indian tools, such as the pump drill, used for making holes in shell beads and other materials; the mortar and pestle and soap root brush, made from the soap root plant, all used for grinding acorns.
A wide range of services are available to Californians through the California State Library. The library provides reference services to visitors of the library. Visitors are welcome to use our collections on site. The State Library's circulating materials are loaned to the public through local libraries. Other services include braille and recorded books, a directory of California libraries, support for literacy programs and volunteer programs, use of computers with Internet access, and online access to our catalogs.
An extraordinary part of the State Library is The California History Section which holds a major collection of documents from and about California's rich history. The documents range from books, maps, newspapers, and periodicals, to pictorial materials (including daguerreotypes, lithographs, stereographs, and paintings) and ephemera (such as posters, programs, pamphlets, and sheet music). Researchers of all types—authors, historians, reporters, legislators, filmmakers, genealogists, historic preservationists, graduate students, teachers, and California citizens—visit the California History Room to use these resources.
The California State Military Museum is located at 1119 Second Street in the Old Sacramento State Historical Park. It is only a few minutes’ walk from the State Capital, The California State Railroad Museum and several other fine museums, parks, and tourist attractions. The museum, opened by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, is the official military museum and historical research center of the State of California.
Today the museum houses over 33,000 artifacts as well as a substantial library and archives. In addition to the main facility in Sacramento, the museum also has three satellite museums at Camp Roberts in Monterey County, Camp San Luis Obispo in San Luis Obispo County, and the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (under development) in Orange County. The museum also oversees non-public Regimental Rooms at the San Diego Armory and other National Guard facilities across the state.
111 “I” Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-7387
First opened to the public in 1976, the California State Railroad Museum complex is one of Sacramento's largest and most popular visitor destinations. Over 500,000 visit the Museum annually, with guests traveling from throughout the world to experience this world-renowned facility.
The California State Railroad Museum complex consists of six original, reconstructed, and new buildings completed at a cost of $30 million. The primary exhibit building, the Railroad History Museum, totals 100,000 square feet. Completed at a cost of $16.1 million, it opened in May 1981.
With over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space, the buildings within the California State Railroad Museum complex use stimulating exhibits, enthusiastic and knowledgeable docents, and beautifully restored railroad cars and locomotives to illustrate railroad history in California.
The Center for Sacramento History exists to foster, stimulate, and promote the study and appreciation of Sacramento's regional history. Jointly funded by the City and County, it serves the community by acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and providing access to the documentary and material culture of the area.
The Center for Sacramento History is the repository and research center for the City and County historic collections. These reflect the many aspects of local history and are organized into three major areas: domestic, commercial, and government. Within these areas the holdings consist of the official records of the City and County government, personal manuscript collections, business records, photographs, and artifacts.
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 808-7000
The Crocker Art Museum is dedicated to promoting an awareness of and enthusiasm for human experience through art. As the leading arts institution in the Sacramento Valley, the Crocker serves as the primary regional resource for the study and appreciation of fine art, with an emphasis on the original Crocker family donation of California art and European drawings, contemporary northern California art, and international ceramics. The Museum also features collections of Asian, African, and Oceanic art.
To fulfil its mission, the Crocker Art Museum collects, preserves, exhibits, and interprets outstanding works of art that are the product of human ingenuity and creativity. Through youth, family, and adult public programs, the museum provides aesthetic and educational experiences that foster self-awareness and personal inquiry as well as an understanding of and respect for community traditions and values.
On May 6, 1885, Margaret E. Crocker presented the Crocker art gallery building, the grounds, and the E. B. Crocker Collection "in trust for the public" to the City of Sacramento and the California Museum Association (now the Crocker Art Museum Association).
On October 10, 2010, the Crocker opened the 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion. The classic, contemporary design of the Pavilion complements the historic structures. The expansion more than tripled the Museum's size, enhancing its ability to serve as a cultural and educational resource for Sacramento and the region's many visitors. For the first time in the Museum's history, there are dedicated gallery spaces for all collecting areas. The expansion also enabled the dedication of the historic building's entire first floor as the Museum's Education Center. Additional amenities made possible by the Teel Family Pavilion include the Setzer Foundation Auditorium, the Crocker Courtyard, the Cemo Meeting Center, the Anne and Malcolm McHenry Works on Paper Study Center, and the Crocker Cafe.
The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center has operated for 60 years as a 501(C)(3) nonprofit agency. Originally founded in 1951 as the California Junior Museum, the Center was designed as a space where children could experience science and nature through interactive programs and exhibits. Today, the Discovery Museum is one of Northern California's premier institutions with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and hands-on learning.
Over the next few years, the Discovery Museum will transition to a new facility: the historic PG&E powerhouse station on the Sacramento River. The new facility will be known as the Powerhouse Science Center.
4030 Lennane Drive
Sacramento, CA 95834
Phone: (916) 779-1410
Fax: (916) 779-1411
The Don and June Pharmacy Museum contains hundreds of pharmacy artifacts from more than two centuries of pharmacy practice by California Pharmacists. Inspired by California’s unique and rich history of pharmacy, the museum celebrates the role of the pharmacist in the promotion of health and well-being of Californians since the state’s inception in 1850. A tour of the museum will take you through three distinct time periods in California's history.
The 1890s room features a pressed tin ceiling, a collection of beautifully crafted glass bottles with glass labels and other period artifacts. The 1940s pharmacy has an extensive collection of OTC products from that era and a number of prescription books, full of directions for old remedies and mixtures. The modern pharmacy is modeled after the Good Neighbor Pharmacy and was donated by AmerisourceBergen.
Let your imagination run wild at Fairytale Town, a 2.5-acre children's play park and outdoor children’s museum that brings fairytales and nursery rhymes to life! Located in William Land Park in Sacramento, Fairytale Town has delighted millions of guests, inspiring imagination, creativity and literacy since it opened in 1959. Over 25 bright and colorful play sets give young children a backdrop to act out their favorite stories, to encourage creative discovery, and to exercise their minds and bodies on child-friendly slides throughout the lush grounds.
Year-round special events, theater performances and educational programming celebrate holidays, introduce multicultural themes, promote literacy and offer creative experiences to thousands of visitors.
198 Wool Street
Folsom, CA 95630
Phone: (916) 985-6031
Our mission is to educate the general public by preserving and maintaining railroad history in the City of Folsom, County of El Dorado, County of Sacramento and related connections.
The Museum is operated by the Folsom Historical Society, located in historic downtown Folsom. It is the home to a wonderful collection of artifacts and treasures that chronicle the settlement and development of the Folsom area. You'll see fascinating and educational exhibits throughout the year along with special events highlighting the Gold Rush era and Folsom's history.
The goal of the Folsom Historical Society is to preserve our past. The Folsom History Museum archives exist to collect, preserve, and make available historical records and documents for public research. The Museum's collection illustrates various aspects of Folsom's rich history.
The Folsom Historical Society was founded in 1960 to preserve the history of Folsom and to reconstruct the Wells Fargo & Company assay office and bank (Palmer & Day Building) that now serves as the Folsom History Museum.
The History Museum focuses on exhibits about Folsom's native people, the discovery of gold and the formation of mining camps, ethnic groups who contributed to this area, the formation of the town, railroad, prison, powerhouse, and later efforts at gold mining.
1526 H Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 323-3047
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, until 1967, it was home to the families of twelve other governors.
800 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 324-0575
The restored Mansion serves as a museum and as California’s official reception center, where the Governor and Legislative Leadership meet with dignitaries and business leaders from other states and countries. Formerly an integral part of the State's past, the Mansion now plays a vital role in California’s future, as part of the California State Park System.
The mansion was the Sacramento home of Leland Stanford – Governor of California (1862-1863) and United States Senator from California (1885-1893). Stanford was one of the "Big Four" – founders of the Central Pacific Rail Road. Stanford University was founded by Leland Stanford and named after his son, Leland. Jr.
California State University, Sacramento
2000 State University Drive East
Sacramento, CA 95819
Phone: (916) 278-6144
Fax: (916) 278-4887
The Library's Department of Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) serves as the principal location for the historical research collections at California State University, Sacramento. The primary strengths of the collection are post-World War II political, social, and environmental history of the Sacramento region and the history of the California State University, Sacramento, since its founding in 1947.
The Department's holdings include printed books, manuscripts, and university archives. Subject collections are comprised of both published and unpublished sources and include the Japanese American Archival Collection (JAAC), the Tsakopoulos Hellenic Collection of rare books and manuscripts, and the Magnus Hirschfeld Collection of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transsexual History. The department holdings include formats such as oral history transcripts, photographs, posters, broadsides, audiovisual materials, microforms, prints, paintings and other ephemera.
Adorned with beautiful statues, dramatic markers and lush gardens, Sacramento Historic City Cemetery is an outdoor museum recording California history from the Gold Rush Era through today.
Since its establishment in 1849, the City Cemetery has become the resting place of many remarkable Californians, demonstrating the diversity of California history and culture. Visitors will discover the burial sites of Sacramento mayors and California governors as the well as memorials to Civil War Veterans, Volunteer Firemen and the victims of the 1850 Cholera Epidemic.
The City Cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in Sacramento. Keeping with the popular style of the times, it was designed to resemble a Victorian garden. Traversed by pathways and grand avenues, the cemetery provides a park-like setting for exploring history.
The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a learning center that allows students of all ages to explore California's early days of education. Located in the Capital City's historic Old Sacramento area, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum is a living replica of traditional one-room schoolhouses found throughout America in the late 1800s. The one-room replica schoolhouse, established in 1977 by community volunteers, features a pot-bellied stove, vintage student desks and other furnishings typical of the period.
I Street and Front Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-7387
Old Sacramento State Historic Park is a cluster of noteworthy, early Gold Rush commercial structures. Historic buildings include the 1849 Eagle Theater; the 1853 B. F. Hastings Building, once home to the California Supreme Court; and the 1855 Big Four Building. Old Sacramento’s historical significance comes from it being the western terminus of the Pony Express postal system, the first transcontinental railroad, and the transcontinental telegraph.
Old Sacramento is a California Historical Landmark. The National Park Service named the entire original historic 1850s business district of Old Sacramento a National Historic Landmark in 1965. With over 50 historic buildings, Old Sacramento has more buildings of historic value in its 28 acres than any area of similar size in the American West.
Founded in 1979, the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society (PHCS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Portuguese cultural and historical heritage, which provides a congenial environment for individuals of Portuguese ancestry to maintain a link with their ethnic past.
The goals of the PHCS are:
- to preserve the history and culture of the Portuguese in and around Sacramento County
- to educate the general population about the Portuguese contributions to the cultural and economic scene
- to maintain archives of historical artifacts of interest to the Portuguese and general community
The Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society
- maintains a limited library of historic photographs, writings, films, costumes, etc.
- has published booklets and films about the Portuguese in the area.
- published Portuguese Pioneers of the Sacramento Area in 1990 and revised it in 2003
- established Portuguese Community Park, in conjunction with the City of Sacramento (located in the Riverside Pocket area at Durfee and Portugal Way)
- publishes a quarterly newsletter, O Progresso, with news of interest to Portuguese and non-Portuguese
- publishes a “master calendar” of events taking place within the American-Portuguese community.
- offers Portuguese language classes.
- makes presentations or display at school events, museums, genealogical events, etc.
- promotes our heritage through various cultural events
- provides a limited number of scholarships to high school seniors of Portuguese descent throughout northern California
- cooperates with the local community and other Portuguese organizations whenever appropriate
- provides numerous artifacts on the Portuguese history to the Sacramento Archives Portuguese collection.
- collaborates with Portuguese Heritage Publications of California, Inc., San Jose, CA
For more than 50 years, the Sacramento Historical Society has offered informative publications, programs, and special events. The Society is a volunteer organization, which on occasion, has advocated for the preservation of historical resources in the community. The greater Sacramento Region’s history is rich and complex. The Society's activities not only raise awareness about the past, but also are lively and fun. The museum brings history to life and makes it happen.
The Sacramento History Museum is a reproduction of the 1854 City Hall and Waterworks. The original building was completed in the spring of 1854 at cost of $120,000.00. It housed the City Waterworks, the Mayor, Council, Marshall, Police, and many other City functions, including the courtroom and the City Jail. The original structure was demolished in 1913 and the new museum opened its doors to the public in 1985. Showcased in natural brick with two stories of 14-foot double-doors across the front, the building looks out on the 1849 Scene of the Old Sacramento State Park.
The Sacramento History Museum’s mission is to explore, interpret and display the region’s history from the days before the Gold Rush to the present. This diverse and at times dramatic history unfolds throughout the museums galleries. The museum also offers the perfect starting point for exploring Old Sacramento State Historic Park and for understanding how the area developed and grew to the vibrant community it is today.
828 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 264-2700
(800) 561-4636 – Toll Free
The Sacramento Public Library has served the people of Sacramento County for more than 150 years.
Sacramento Public Library is the fourth largest library system in California serving more than 1.3M residents in Sacramento County, including the cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Galt, Isleton, Rancho Cordova and Sacramento. The system is a Joint Powers Authority, governed by a 15-member board comprised of elected officials from each of the member jurisdictions, with representation based on each jurisdiction’s population. The Authority operates 28 libraries including a Central Library in downtown Sacramento, has nearly 280 staff members, a collection of 2M volumes, and an annual budget of $35M. More than 620,000 residents have a library card and nearly 8 million items are circulated annually.
The Sacramento Zoological Society, formed in 1957, assumed financial and daily management of the Zoo (from the City of Sacramento) in July 1997. Since its inception, the society has served as the fund-raising organization for the Zoo, providing funds for animal care, education and conservation programs. The Society designs our nationally recognized education programs for children and adults of all ages. Society-sponsored school programs reach an average of 60,000 to 80,000 students per year—both at the Zoo and off-site at area schools and community venues. More than 10,500 local and regional households are members of the Sacramento Zoological Society.
As an educational institution, the Sacramento Zoo follows the California State Board of Education science content standards through a variety of programs. Each year there are approximately 70,000 school children from a 24-county region that visit the Zoo on organized school field trips. A few of the programs the museum offer are: summer school, family and group overnights, ZooMobile, wildlife stage shows, zoo tours, zoo previews, operations adaptations, animal encounters, exhibit talks and much more.
The Museum was created after the closure of the Paul Guttman Medical Library and Information Center. The Library closed on January 1, 2000, after more than 50 years of service to Society members and the public at large. When the difficult decision to close the Library was made in 1999, the Society's Board wanted to preserve the best of the Library's collection of texts, journals and artifacts.
It took 16 months to decide what to keep and then to find homes for the books and journals not considered of historical value. By the end of April 2001, homes had been found for the 900 texts and 18,000 bound journals the museum decided not to keep.
In addition to the books and journals, there are 16 display cases showcasing medical artifacts collected and donated to the Society over the years. There are cases featuring collections in the fields of Surgery, Clinical Diagnosis, Infectious Disease, Pharmacy, Radiology, Chinese Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Quackery.
The museum at Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum (Also known as SOJO) believe that art, in its uncompromising form, has the ability to produce an environment that fosters a productive exchange of cultural ideas. Our aim is to expose the local community to global art. The museum realize that Sacramento population is a representation of the world globally and the museum desire to build networks and strengthen community through cultural exchanges.
The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum is dedicated to presenting Asian, African, Hispanic, and Native American art to the general public. Presently, our museum has displays from every corner of our globe, representing the multicultural and multiethnic population in our community. The museum also host outreach programs to bring to Sacramento artists from various parts of the United States and the world. Our goal is to showcase art from the eyes of the artists themselves.
Multiculturalism is key, as all members of our very diverse Sacramento community are recognized, celebrated, and included in all aspects of our organization. The museum acknowledges that art—an essential, encompassing life element—has the ability to produce an environment with a productive cultural exchange of ideas. In addition, it has been proven that art promotes acquisition of intellectual skills in literature, science, and math. For these reasons, art must be a priority in human development.
2701 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
Phone: (916) 445-4422
In 1839 a Swiss immigrant named John Sutter received a land grant in the Sacramento Valley from the Mexican government. He used the land to create a flourishing agricultural empire and named it New Helvetia (New Switzerland.) This empire established Sacramento’s earliest settlement and the first non-Indian settlement in California’s Central Valley.
In 1847 Sutter sent aid to the Donner Party, a group of immigrants trapped in a winter storm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Word spread and Sutter became known for his hospitality and for providing temporary refuge to travelers. This reputation made New Helvetia the destination for early immigrants to California.
After gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill (also owned by Sutter) in Coloma, the fort was abandoned. The adobe structure has been restored to its original condition and is now administered by California State Parks, although threatened with closure. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The grounds are also home to the California State Indian Museum.
It has been restored to its former state based on an 1847 map published in Darmstadt, Germany and is open daily for tours.
400 Capitol Mall
Phone: (916) 440-4161
Website: http://www.the Wellsfargohistory.com/museums/museum_sacramento.html
Located in the elegant Wells Fargo Center in Capitol Mall, this museum presents the role of Wells Fargo in the commercial history of Sacramento.
- An original Concord Stagecoach
- Historical panoramic paintings
- Original maps and views of Sacramento
- A walk-in Agents office
- A Wooten patent desk
- The Livingston Sacramento Postal History Collection
1000 2nd Street
Phone: (916) 440-4263
Website: http://www.the Wellsfargohistory.com/museums/museum_oldSacramento.html
Located in the Old Sacramento State Park, inside the restored B.F. Hastings Building, this historically furnished compact museum takes visitors back in time to visit an old Wells Fargo Agent's office.
Exhibits show how Wells Fargo rode the river of gold flowing through Sacramento, kept the famed Pony Express going and helped the early days of State Government.
- A scale model of a Wells Fargo Concord Stagecoach
- An authentic 19th century copy machine
- A large safe for storing gold
- An original Howard & Davis gold scale