Come learn and play in Sacramento!
Sacramento is a historic city and it celebrates much of that history in its local museums, activities, and events. It is full of pride and enthusiasm for all that it has to offer its residents and welcomed visitors. We invite you to DiscoverGold in Sacramento.
Sacramento is home to more than 600 pieces of art in front of city and county buildings and the Sacramento International Airport, including the Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the Sacramento Convention Center. Walking maps are available for self-guided tours of art in public places at www.sacmetroarts.com. Downtown Sacramento is also home to many art galleries.
Crest Theatre. Just a few blocks from the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, this theatre opened in 1949 with celebrities and dignitaries in attendance. Today, the theatre still boasts its guilded art-deco ceiling and waterfall main drape and is host to concerts, comedians, speakers, films, and more. (www.thecrest.com)
Esquire IMAX Theatre. Treat your senses to the most powerful and involving movie experience yet created. Their Academy Award winning IMAX technology brings images to life like no other. Just steps from the Hyatt Regency Sacramento at 1211 K Street. Check out their schedule online at www.imax.com/00/esquire-imax/.
Museums/Tours (28 MUSEUMS IN SACRAMENTO)
California Automobile Museum. Come experience automobile evolution at this spectacular auto museum. (916-442-6802; www.calautomuseum.org)
California Museum for Women, History & the Arts. It’s a living, breathing, cultural center that provides engaging, entertaining, and timely programs for the whole family. (916-653-7524; www.californiamuseum.org)
California State Capitol Museum/Tours. It’s free, it’s archecturally stunning, and it’s historically rich. There are 40 acres of lawns, flower gardens, and memorials to California history that surround the building. (916-324-0333; www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov)
California State Railroad Museum. The largest train museum in the country. Located in Old Sacramento. Starting October 17, the museum offers a Halloween-themed “Spookomotive” 40-minute train ride along the Sacramento River. (916-323-9280; www.csrmf.org)
Crocker Art Museum. As the leading art institute in the Sacramento Valley, this museum is dedicated to promoting an awareness of and enthusiasm for human experience through art. Emphasis is on the Crocker family donation of California art and European drawings, contemporary northern California art, and international ceramics.
Old Sacramento. Registered as a National and California Historic Landmark, it boasts 53 historic buildings with riverfront restaurants, museums, nightspots, and kitschy shops. Take an underground tour. Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best kept secret. Due to the popularity of the tours, advance tickets are recommended. Check in at the Sacramento History Museum. (916-808-7059)
Victorian Homes. Nestled along tree-lined streets, most homes can be found from 7th Street to 16th Street, between E Street to I Street. There are many self-guided walking tour maps available through the Sacramento Heritage Association (www.sacramentoheritage.org).
Walking Tour. Kids Meet the City—A Tour of California History Especially for Kids. A fun and interactive way to introduce local history to students of all ages. This unique walk through downtown will explore the Gold Rush, the history and route of the famed Pony Express, John Sutter’s place in California history, and a visit to the City Council Chambers. Tour begins at City Hall in Downtown Sacramento. (916-442-8575)
Check out www.sacramento365.org for current activities.