Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Sacramento.



This enlightening museum highlights the growth and development of the Wells Fargo delivery company, as well as its role in Sacramento history. Items on display include gold and treasure chests, original documents, and a fully restored Concord stagecoach.

California State Capitol and Museum


This museum highlights regional and state political history in the very building that has served as the seat of California government since 1869. The facility offers an intriguing look at the people and issues that have made the state a center...  Read More

State Indian Museum SHP


This interesting museum showcases the rich fabric of Native Californian culture and civilization. Displays include Native American arts and crafts and an interesting look at the impact of the California Gold Rush on the native peoples.

Powerhouse Science Center
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This edifying museum features a range of thought-provoking scientific exhibits, most of which are interactive. A nature trail that winds through 14 acres is also a child-friendly draw, and kids can expect to encounter living creatures on their...  Read More



The latest incarnation of several museums that have examined California's history and development, the California Museum for History, Women and the Arts has a more inclusive vision than past institutions. Spearheaded by Maria Shriver, the...  Read More



A complete collection of historic automobiles is just minutes from Old Sacramento. Museum displays automobiles all restored to original mint condition. Interesting look at the changing face of American automobiles through the 20th century....  Read More



This museum, housed in a historic 1870s-era mansion, presents the state's most extensive collection of art, both old and new. Works from European, Asian, and North American masters are rotated in from the extensive permanent collection, and...  Read More



Permanent exhibits at this informative museum feature historic locomotives and train cars, and on-site theaters showcase films on the history of trains and their impact on the growth and development of the West. During summer months, a restored...  Read More

Sacramento History Museum


Visitors to this museum have the opportunity to learn about the early development of the community of Sacramento and its history. Permanent and short term exhibits display the first half of the century in Sacramento City, information on the...  Read More



From 1903 to 1967, this lovely Victorian mansion was home to thirteen California governors. These days, guided tours lead visitors through beautifully decorated rooms that feature fourteen-foot ceilings. Participants are routinely regaled with...  Read More