New Year, New Virtual Programs
Kick-off 2021 with new online exhibits & virtual events
Happy New Year! Join us for an all-new online exhibit and new virtual programs highlighting the state's history, arts and culture during our temporary closure. Highlights include:

• "Kamala Harris: First, But Not Last," our latest online exhibit launching Jan. 19

• California Museum Live!, a new monthly live tour series starting Jan. 30

• 3 online field trip tours now booking through the 2020-21 school year

• FREE distance learning activity for 3rd-8th grade students to celebrate the Lunar New Year available Jan. 11 

Kamala Harris: First, But Not Last

Launching Jan. 19

This new exhibit launches on the eve of the California native's historic inauguration as the United States’ first woman, first African American and first Indian American Vice President. 

Día de los Muertos 2020


Featuring original works by five California artists, this new online exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring loved ones lost each November 1 and 2.

Fight for the Right: 100 Years of Women Voting


Developed in collaboration with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, this temporary exhibit marks the 19th Amendment's centennial in 2020.

Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento's Lost Japantown


Explore Sacramento's lost Japantown, devastated by incarceration during WWII and 1960s redevelopment, in an online version of this popular 2017 temporary exhibit.

Women Inspire: California Women Changing Our World


View selections from our new signature exhibit highlighting women from the 1700s to the present, who inspire change and reflection on the ongoing struggle for equality.
California Museum Live!
New monthly live virtual tours start Jan. 30
Join us for a Zoom-based virtual tour the last Saturday of each month at 11 am during “California Museum Live!” This new recurring monthly program features a live, interactive docent-led tour of one or more of the Museum’s signature exhibits. Choose from:

“Gold Mountain” - Sat., Jan. 30
“Coming to California” (multiple exhibits) - Sat., Feb. 27
 “Women Inspire” - Sat., March 27

FREE for California Museum members or $7 plus fee per connected device.
Time of Remembrance Virtual Field Trip Tour
Feb. 1 - March 26, 2021
This online field trip tour brings a pivotal chapter of history to life for distance learning students through the first-hand accounts of Japanese American docents who experienced life behind barbed wire during WWII.​

Includes a recorded video tour of “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” led by survivors of the incarceration, followed by a 30-minute live Zoom session with a docent, plus lesson plans, digital artifact kit and follow-up activities related to current issues. Aligned with 5th, 8th and 11th grade History-Social Science and Common Core ELA.

Flat fee of $125 for up to 100 participants.
California's Journey Virtual Tour
Now Available

Ideal for 3rd-9th grade students, this virtual program features a video tour and digital artifact kit, followed by a Zoom-based presentation on a variety of Gold Rush stories and a post-tour oral history project.

Free for California Title 1 schools or $75 for up to 100 participants.
Unity Center Virtual Tour
Now Available

Designed to increase engagement in democracy, this tour for 3rd-12th grade students features an overview of activism in California through a video tour, Zoom presentation and post-tour project.

Free for California Title 1 schools or $75 for up to 100 participants.
FREE "Gold Mountain" Activity
Explore the history of Chinese Americans in California in this free activity for 3rd-8th grade students available on Jan. 11 as a PDF and a Google Classroom assignment.
Temporary Closure Update
The Museum remains temporarily closed, and we look forward to welcoming visitors back when Sacramento County indoor museums are cleared to reopen.
Until then, our Mickey reminds you to mask up, California! Wear a mask to help stop the spread of COVID-19. For details on our temporary closure, visit the link below.