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Everything to help you plan your trip to the Capitol Museum





Prohibited Items

Directions & Parking

Hours of Operation

The Capitol is open in limited capacity.

    • Monday: 9am – 5pm
    • Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
    • Wednesday: 9am – 5pm
    • Thursday: 9am – 5pm
    • Friday: 9am – 5pm
    • Saturday: Closed
    • Sunday: Closed

The Capitol is closed on these days:

  • Friday November 11th (Veterans Day)
  • Thursday November 24th and Friday November 25th (Thanksgiving Days)
  • Friday December 23rd and Monday December 26th (Christmas and Eve observed days)
  • Friday December 30th and Monday, January 2nd (New Year’s Eve and day observed)

The Capitol Park remains open daily.

The Holiday Music Program is Back!

Please check the schedule before arriving as cancellations do happen.
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Capitol Tours

Public tours run weekdays on the hour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sign up for the tour at the Information Desk in the 1st Floor Rotunda.

Capitol Park Outdoor Tours

Capitol Park Map

Sundays at 1:00PM
Inside Capitol Park at 13th Street and Capitol Avenue
(marked as the Hiram Johnson Memorial Parkway within the park).

Capitol Park tours are free, with a maximum of 25 guests per tour and are first-come, first-served with no reservations. The tours are approximately 1 1⁄2 hours long and will meet at one of the following Capitol Park locations, depending on the day of the week:

  • Sundays at 1:00 PM inside Capitol Park at 13th Street and Capitol Avenue (marked as the Hiram Johnson Memorial Parkway within the park), or

Inclement weather will cancel tours.  Please call the Capitol Tour Office at 916-324-0333 with any questions.

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K-12 FREE Interactive Tours

We offer FREE interactive virtual field trips for K-12 students through our PORTS program. Stay connected to our state’s natural, cultural, and historical resources.

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Self Guided 360° Virtual Tours

We are providing FREE access to our online virtual tours.  View rooms in 360 degrees and interact with objects in the rooms!


The California State Capitol Museum has many accommodations for those with disabilities, so everyone can enjoy their trip to the museum.

Wheelchair Access

The North (L Street) and South (N Street) entrances have wheelchair ramps just inside the entrance. Sidewalks leading to the Capitol are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs can be checked out for use in the building at the Capitol.

Assistive Listening Devices

Assistive listening devices are available at the Capitol Museum’s Tour Office.


Restrooms are located on either side of the rotunda in the historic side of the building. Bathrooms are wheelchair accessible.


Elevators can be found on either side of the rotunda in the historic side of the building.


Capitol Books and Gifts

Unique gifts and items related to California and the State Capitol, located in the basement. Please visit the Capitol Books & Gifts website for hours of operation and 24/7 online ordering. 

ATMs and Vending Machines

ATMs and vending machines are open during operating hours, and are located in the basement next to the cafeteria seating area.


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

Prohibited Items

The safety of both our visitors and staff is our top priority.

The following prohibited items applies to all public visitors, staff-led and member-led tours.

Electronic Devices

Phones, cameras and video recorders are allowed in the Capitol, but not in the gallery. Flash photography is not allowed. Medical devices are permitted.

Unsafe Items

The following are NOT allowed: guns, toy guns, ammunition, fireworks, knives, mace and pepper spray, razors and box cutters, any pointed object (not including pens and pencils) or any other sort of weaponized item. Bags exceeding lengths of 14 inches wide x 13 inches high x 4 inches deep are not allowed.

Food and Beverages

Outside food and beverages are allowed in the building, but some designated areas may be off limits.

Personal Prohibitions

Pets are not allowed unless they are for Guide or Assistance. Drugs, narcotics, and non-aerosol sprays are not allowed unless they are for a medical prescription. Strollers are only prohibited in the gallery.

Directions & Parking

The Capitol is located at 1315 10th Street Sacramento, CA 95814. Get Directions

The center of California’s government is located in downtown Sacramento, close to several freeways and within walking distance of many hotels and restaurants. The streets in downtown Sacramento are numerical from west to east and alphabetical north to south. Street parking and parking garages are located throughout Sacramento.

The nearest parking garage is the City of Sacramento-Capitol Garage on 10th and L Street.  Metered parking is available on all sides of the Capitol building and surrounding areas.  The Capitol reserves parking directly in front of the Capitol on 10th Street between L and N streets for bus use.

Metered parking is available on all sides of the Capitol building and surrounding areas. Detailed parking information and rates can be found at the City of Sacramento’s website.