Sacramento History Museum, California

Hello! We’re still exploring Old Sacramento 🙂 After a heavy lunch, E & I walked off the calories at the Sacramento History Museum, a museum dedicated to the California Gold Rush and the city’s history. It was nearly closing time and we only had an hour, so we breezed through many of the exhibits.

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The Sacramento Bee was founded in 1857 and is still running today as one of the city’s major newspapers. Inside the museum, visitors will get a glimpse of the old printing presses and machinery. Before the advent of ink and modern printers, newspapers were printed with a heavy metal mold.

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The museum houses a variety of collections, including everyday items used by gold miners during the gold rush…

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….To actual gold nuggets and jewelry. The displays are equipped with alarms and cameras to prevent thieves.

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Fur pelts from animals, which were used to keep warm.

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Other everyday items used in the 19th century, such as makeup, mirrors and clothing.

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Horse-drawn carriage replicas.

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Black and white photos and children’s toys. I always find old toys to be super creepy .___.

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Remedies used during that era, sold at apothecaries (ie modern day pharmacies)

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Food processing is a major industry in Sacramento, so there was a section dedicated to explaining its history.

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It was an educational visit, even though the exhibits were mostly static. There is also an underground tour, which we were unfortunately not able to join.

SACRAMENTO HISTORY MUSEUM

01 I St, Sacramento, CA 95814, United States
Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ticket price: A reasonable 6$

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Time to go home! We drove past the California State Capitol building, which looks just like the one in Washington but much smaller.

Fun tidbit: Sacramento is California’s capital city! And I always thought somewhere bigger like LA or San Fran would be its administrative capital.

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It was a really fun day trip to Sacramento. I rather like the city – it’s not as hectic or fast paced as LA or San Fran, but still modern enough for a city girl like me. Maybe I’ll move there someday?

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Author: Luna

Bibliophile/foodie. Drop me a line at erisgoesto@gmail.com

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