About the Capitol

Sacramento, One of Many California Capitols

California did not have a permanent seat of government until 1854. Cities vied for the opportunity to house the state capital for the power, prestige, and economic benefit that accompanied it. Four capitol buildings existed in other cities before Sacramento became the permanent site.

History of the Capitol

Discover the history and development of the California State Capitol from its initial formation 150 years ago to the modern day.


A common feature found in many state capitols, including California’s, is a portico opening into a central rotunda that rises into a dome.

Capitol Park

Covering forty acres, the Capitol Park contains species of plant life from nearly every part of the globe and is home to a plethora of memorials and monuments.

"A Legacy Restored"

“A Legacy Restored” is a 10 minute video about the history of the California Capitol.