What’s the attraction: Located in the heart of Sacramento lies the California State Capitol Museum, which provides historical facts and information about California’s past and present. The building has also been home of the California State Legislature since 1869. Surrounding the building, are also 40 acres of gardens and memorials to California history.
Tour the historic building: Public tours are available daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. While on a tour, you will be able to take a look into both the Assembly and Senate rooms. While in the rooms, you can observe the architecture and find out some historical facts about the rooms. If you are there at the right time, you might be able to see the Assembly in action. Also on the tour, you can check out the many governor’s portraits that hang on the walls in the hallways. Throughout the building, there are many furnishings to see that are of the Renaissance Revival style. There are other works of art to see such as 12 murals representing historical periods of California that are located in the basement rotunda. The first floor rotunda is home to a large statue titled, “Columbus’ Last Appeal to Queen Isabella” that has been there since 1883. Just above it is the interior dome that combines Victorian detail with Classical Renaissance. You might want to go up to the second floor to get a better view. On the first floor of the east annex there are informative exhibits which display information about each of California’s 58 counties. This exhibit leads the way to the Governor’s office, where a statue of a bear greets those at the office door. The statue was placed there by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.