Visitor Security

The State Capitol museum, building and grounds are part of a working government facility and under the jurisdiction of the California Highway Patrol (CHP). As such, security measures are in place to protect state officials, employees, and visitors alike. Visitors entering the Capitol building will subject to security-control measures and checks which include, but are not limited to:

  • Passing through a metal detector
  • X-ray and visual examination of all packages
  • Presentation of positive identification

Prohibited Items List

Applies to all public visitors, staff-led and member-led tours.

Item

Capitol
Gallery
Aerosol containers
no
no

Any battery-operated electronic device
Medical devices are permitted

yes
no
Any pointed object (i.e., knitting needles, letter openers, etc.)
Pens and pencils are permitted
no
no

Any bag larger than 14 inches wide x 13 inches high x 4 inches deep
A visitor with a verified meeting or appointment inside the Capitol (i.e., official business visitors), may exceed the standard maximum specified bag size if the item is necessary to conduct their business. CHP discretion shall be used in each case, with all bags subject to thorough search and security screening.

no
no

Cameras 
Both in and out of session

yes
no

Cans and bottles

no
no

Creams, lotions, or perfumes
Both in and out of session

yes
no

Electric stun guns, martial arts weapons or devices

no
no

Food or beverages of any kind
Except in designated areas

no
no

Guns, replica guns, ammunition, and fireworks

no
no

Knives of any size

no
no

Mace and pepper spray

no
no

Non-aerosol spray
Prescriptions for medical needs are permitted 

no
no

Drugs or narcotics
Prescriptions for medical needs are permitted

no
no

Pets or animals
Guide and Assistance animals are permitted

no
no

Razors and box cutters

no
no

Strollers

yes
no
Video recorders or any type of recording device
yes
no

Visit The Museum

California State Capitol Museum
10th and L Streets
State Capitol
Room B-27
1315 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333
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Volunteer information

Hours:
Weekdays 7:30 am - 6 pm
Weekends 9 am - 5 pm
Admission is free
Tours available hourly 9 am - 4 pm
Groups by reservation

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