California State Capitol Museum
California Grizzly Bear Statue Capitol Museum.jpg
A statue of the California state animal, California grizzly bear, inside of the California State Capitol Museum
Map showing the location of California State Capitol Museum
Map showing the location of California State Capitol Museum
Map showing the location of California State Capitol Museum
Map showing the location of California State Capitol Museum
LocationSacramento County, California, United States
Nearest citySacramento, California
Coordinates38°34′35″N 121°29′36″W / 38.57639°N 121.49333°W / 38.57639; -121.49333Coordinates: 38°34′35″N 121°29′36″W / 38.57639°N 121.49333°W / 38.57639; -121.49333
Area40 acres (16 ha)
Established1982
Governing bodyCalifornia Department of Parks and Recreation

The California State Capitol Museum consists of a museum in and grounds around the California State Capitol in Sacramento, California, United States. The building has been the home of the California State Legislature since 1869. The State Capitol Museum has been a property in the California State Parks system since 1982.[1]

Capitol Museum

While the entire building may be considered a museum, the heart of the Capitol Museum can be found on the basement and first floor of the original section of the building. In the basement can be found the tour office (B-27), a small theater showing several short films on the history of the Capitol, the gift shop, and the Arthur Mathews mural, the "History of California." On the first floor, visitors can tour the restored historic offices of the Secretary of State, Treasurer, and Governor of California, as well as two rotating exhibit rooms.

From 1883-2020, the center of the rotunda housed the marble statue Columbus' Last Appeal to Queen Isabella, sculpted by Larkin Mead and given to California by banker and philanthropist Darius Ogden Mills. A June 2020 joint statement by California Senate Pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, and Assembly Rules Committee chair Ken Cooley said that the removal of the statue was based on “the deadly impact his arrival in this hemisphere had on indigenous populations."[2] It was removed on July 7, 2020.

Capitol Park

There are 40 acres (16 ha) of gardens in the surrounding Capitol Park, including trees and shrubs from around the world. There are approximately 1140 trees in the park (not including shrubs) representing over 200 types of trees.

The grounds also feature approximately 155 memorials to significant events and people involving California, and other points-of-interest. Only a selection are listed below, grouped by section, roughly from west to east (9th Street to 15th Street), and then from north (L Street) to south (N Street) within each section:

Between 9th and 10th streets:

Between 10th and 11th streets:

Between 11th and 12th streets:

Between 13th and 14th streets:

Between 14th and 15th streets:

See also

References

  1. ^ "California State Park System Statistical Report: Fiscal Year 2009/10" (PDF). California State Parks: 16. Retrieved 2011-10-29. ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  2. ^ "Columbus statue removed from California capitol rotunda". 21 May 2021.
  3. ^ "CalVet – Mexican American Veterans Memorial Committee". Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  4. ^ "Sacramento, CA - Senator Capitol Kitty Memorial". RoadsideAmerica.com. Retrieved Apr 3, 2022.
  5. ^ "California Indian Grinding Rock". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2008-01-03.
  6. ^ "California Firefighters Memorial". Archived from the original on 2013-11-15. Retrieved 2011-08-05.
  7. ^ "Memorials". Archived from the original on January 19, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.
  8. ^ "California Vietnam Veterans Memorial". Archived from the original on March 16, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2012.