As California's State Capital, Sacramento is packed with history: everywhere you turn in this city, it seems, you'll run smack into an old mansion, a historic storefront, or a cobbled street. So it's fitting that Sacramento takes documenting its history very, very seriously. In fact, whatever subject you're interested in – whether it's completely esoteric or universally appreciated – chances are good that Sacramento's got a museum that's right up your alley.
Modern California holds sprawling metropolitan areas, the biggest population of all the United States, and the eighth largest economy in the world. But prior to the mid-1800s, California was a land of sleepy settlements. Now densely populated, San Francisco had only 459 residents in 1847. Everything changed when gold was discovered east of Sacramento in 1848, and the rush of gold prospectors that followed gave rise to California as we know it today.
Old buildings are relics of bygone eras -- three-dimensional structures that can evoke the past through an accessible art form. In the character of a building -- an adobe hut, a Roman column, a castle on a hill -- a whole history can be revealed.
From nature-inspired coastal art to Native American artifacts, Northern California's rich ecology, history, and artistic traditions have been well documented by some of the region's lesser-known museums and cultural centers.
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