Sacramento and the Gold Country

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  • 1. California State Railroad Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    Sprawling over three floors and taking up the equivalent of 2½ acres of space, this museum celebrates the history of trains from their 19th...Read More

  • 2. Crocker Art Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Established in 1885 with a collection assembled by California Supreme Court judge E.B. Crocker (brother of Charles Crocker, of railroad-baron...Read More

  • 3. Reiff's Gas Station Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Mark Reiff, an inveterate collector of gas-station pumps and signs, converted his home in a residential neighborhood into a joyful homage to...Read More

  • 4. Artery

    Museum/Gallery

    The work of Northern California craftspeople is displayed at the Artery, an artists' cooperative that includes decorative and functional ceramics...Read More

  • 5. Bernhard Museum Complex

    Museum/Gallery

    Party like it's 1889 at this space whose main structure opened in 1851 as the Traveler's Rest Hotel and for 100 years was the residence of the...Read More

  • 6. California Agriculture Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This gigantic space provides a marvelous overview of the entire history of motorized agricultural vehicles through dozens and dozens of threshers...Read More

  • 7. California Automobile Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    More than 150 automobiles—from Model Ts, Hudsons, and Studebakers to modern-day electric-powered ones—are on display at this museum that pays...Read More

  • 8. California Museum

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Showcasing longtime and temporary residents who helped elevate the Golden State, this museum displays artifacts from the State Constitution...Read More

  • 9. California State Mining and Mineral Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A California state park, the museum has displays on gold-rush history including a replica hard-rock mine shaft to walk through, a miniature...Read More

  • 10. Gold Rush Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    You'll get a feel for life in the mines at this museum whose highlights include a re-created mine tunnel and an indoor gold-panning stream. ...Read More

  • 11. Huntington, Hopkins & Co. Store

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    Picks, shovels, and other paraphernalia used by gold-rush miners are on display at this re-creation of a 19th-century hardware store that also...Read More

  • 12. Monteverde Store Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This store, opened 1896, is a relic from the past: its final owner walked out more than four decades ago and never returned. These days you...Read More

  • 13. Murphys Old Timers Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A quirky blast from the past in a stone building that survived three 19th-century fires that destroyed downtown, the museum documents Murphys...Read More

  • 14. North Star Mining Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a former power house, the museum displays the 32-foot-high Pelton Water Wheel, said to be the largest ever built. It was used to power...Read More

  • 15. Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

    Old Sacramento | Museum/Gallery

    A kid-friendly attraction that shows what one-room schoolhouses were like in central California and the Sierra foothills in the late 1800s,...Read More

  • 16. Placer County Courthouse

    Museum/Gallery

    Visible from the highway, Auburn's standout structure is the Placer County Courthouse. The classic bronze-domed building houses the Placer County...Read More

  • 17. State Indian Museum

    Midtown | Museum/Gallery

    Adjacent to Sutter's Fort, this small but engaging museum explores the lives and history of California's native peoples. Arts-and-crafts exhibits...Read More

  • 18. Tuolumne County Museum and History Centers

    Museum/Gallery

    The small museum occupies a historic gold-rush-era building that served as a jail until 1960. Vintage firearms and paraphernalia, gold specimens...Read More

  • 19. Yolo County Historical Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This 11-room classical-revival home of settler William Byas Gibson was purchased by volunteers and restored to what you see today. You can see...Read More

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