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Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing, Tours, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.7scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Capitol Park has been home to the California state government since 1869. In addition to being the state's seat of government, the neoclassical Capitol building also houses a museum with state artifacts and the Capitol Art Program that holds a collection of artistic depictions of California, plus antiques, murals and governors' portraits.

After you've explored the Capitol building and museum, take a stroll through the rest of the park that's home to memorials marking significant events in state history, including the Civil War Memorial Grove, the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the California Veterans Memorial and a life-size statue of Junípero Serra, who colonized the state.

Visitors also love the manicured lawns and gardens within the park. "Lying just east of the capitol building, this park is a delightful oasis in the middle of the city. It's a horticultural haven, with all kinds of interesting trees and plants," said one visitor.

You can visit the Capitol, museum and park for free; it's open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Public tours are offered hourly from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information about museum visit its website, for the park, check out the California State Parks website

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