About the Capitol

Sacramento, One of Many California Capitals

California did not have a permanent seat of government until 1854. Cities vied for the opportunity to become 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.

Historical drawing

History of the Capitol

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

Image of staircase - bear carved in woodwork


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 Bell

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"

Watch this 10 minute video on the history of the construction of the Capitol in Sacramento starting in 1860 through the restoration in 1982.