Crocker Art Museum#2 in Best Things To Do in Sacramento
Boasting more than 15,000 pieces of art, the Crocker Art Museum is Sacramento's dose of high culture. The facility houses permanent collections of artwork from around the world, including Californian pieces that date back to the museum's founders — the Crocker family. Other extensive collections include ceramics from across the globe as well as collections of African, Oceanic and Asian art.
The museum was originally established in 1885 as a home and art gallery for the Crocker family, and the site most recently added the 125,000-square-foot Teel Family Pavilion to expand the exhibition and gallery space.
Recent art lovers who visited the museum said the variety of art from around the world and the continually changing exhibits make it the best in the Central Valley.
Located near the Sacramento River just south of Old Sacramento, the Crocker Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended hours on Thursdays until 9 p.m. Adult admission costs $10, it's $8 for students and seniors, $5 for kids ages 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and younger. The museum also offers free admission every third Sunday of the month with a "Pay What You Wish" donation accepted. For more information, check out the museum's website.
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#1 Capitol Park
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.
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