This year, The California Museum in Sacramento will introduce several new exhibits, aiming both to explore the many cultural traditions of the Golden State, and to celebrate California's uniquely hybrid nature.
At its inception in 1935, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) was the first museum on the West Coast devoted solely to 20th century art. Since then, the museum has been a pioneering force both locally and globally, working to break new ground and expand the conventional wisdom of what an art museum should present and collect.
Though some would argue that "it's a small world after all," there's no denying the multitude of different cultures, languages, and landscapes that pepper this little planet of ours.
If you've ever wondered what was in Abraham Lincoln's pockets the night he was assassinated, here's your chance to find out. To celebrate Lincoln's 200th birthday, the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts in Sacramento presents "With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition," which charts Lincoln's growth from prairie lawyer to preeminent statesman.
Based in the Marin Headlands, the Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary hospital, research, and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals. Since 1975, the center has rescued and treated more than 14,000 marine mammals, including elephant seals, harbor seals, otters, and California sea lions.
This spring, be sure to stop and smell the artwork in the City by the Bay. From rare Buddhist works to Symbolist graphic art, San Francisco museums offer the perfect chance to see captivating art from around the world, especially when April showers are pouring. Keep an eye out for Free Museum Days, usually on the first Sunday or Tuesday of every month.