Taking advantage of Sacramento’s rich history and its transient population of government and business professionals, the city celebrates its art heritage with some world-class art museums. From the Gold Rush’s impact on the development of this city to the modern-day experiences of its diverse population, Sacramento’s art museums offer a wealth of history, knowledge and life experiences.

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Crocker Art Museum

216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000

Step inside the Crocker Art Museum lobby and you will immediately know you are someplace special. You’ll be amazed at the 19th-century woodwork and plaster moldings visible in the museum’s lobby and ballroom. That’s what you would expect at Crocker Art Museum, which boats the distinguished title of being the oldest art museum in the Western United States. Crocker Art Museum features a collection of European, Asian and Californian art. Famous pieces here include “The Great Canyon, Yosemite,” an 1871 piece by Thomas Hill, and “Sunday Morning in the Mines,” an 1872 painting by Charles Christian Nahl depicting life during Sacramento’s mining days. You can also enjoy regular holiday exhibits. Hours: Tuesday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum

2251 Florin Road, Suite 126
Sacramento, CA 95822
(916) 320-9573

The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum (also known as SOJO) presents Asian, African, Hispanic and Native American art from around the world. Featured works at the exhibit represent the multicultural and multi-ethnic population of the Sacramento community. It is a rich heritage, which, over the decades, has grown and flourished to become an integral part of the region. Now, you can experience this diversity at Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum. You can also view works by artists from various parts of the United States and around the world. “Our aim is to expose the local community to global art. We realize that the Sacramento population is a representation of the world globally and we desire to build networks and strengthen community through cultural exchanges,” states the gallery’s website. Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

– Steve Hartsoe