Building a Legacy: 150 Years of the California State Capitol
This exhibit opened March 20, 2019 and runs through March 2021.
The Capitol’s Historic Rooms have been preserved to bring the rich history of those eras to patrons who visit the Capitol.
Special points of interest, memorials, and monuments are tastefully incorporated into Capitol Park to remind us of our history and natural beauty.
The commissioning of portraits of former governors began in 1879, and those portraits are on display all throughout the Capitol, along with Washington and Lincoln portraits in the Senate and Assembly, respectively.
Today, only the statuary on the west front pediment tympanum (the recessed space enclosed by the triangular pediment) is original. These statues reflect the Capitol’s roots in Greek architecture. In Grecian times, statuary was considered part of the building, not as mere decoration.
The Capitol is home to two stunning murals. The Mathews Mural, a 1914 depiction of California’s past, present, and future, was created for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition.
The Road Ahead: The Automobiles Impact on CA
Since 1898, the automobile has helped to shape and define the California way of life, creating what has been called the world’s first “auto-civilization.”
Out of the Vault: Treasures from Your CA State Library
From the beginning of recorded history, libraries have served as the constant companion of civilization. The California State Library has made important contributions to the Golden State’s own, unique civilization.
Called to Action: California’s Role in WWII
World War II brought monumental changes to the Golden State, change as had not been seen since 1848. After the Gold Rush, the next most transformative event in California’s history was “the War.”
California Invites the World: 1915 Panama Pacific International Exhibition
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were the golden age for the great world’s fair expositions. The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) was no exception.
The Dust Bowl, California, and the Politics of Hard Times
This exhibit examined the cultural, social, and political impact the Dust Bowl migrants had on California.
Thomas Starr King
This exhibit examined the life, legacy and impact that Thomas Starr King had on California.