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Museums and Historical Spots You Must Visit in Downtown Sacramento

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Museums and Historical Spots You Must Visit in Downtown Sacramento

Downtown Sacramento has a rich and vibrant history that dates back to the 1800s. In its early days, the city was the center of California’s gold rush before becoming a railroad hub, an agricultural community, and now, a multicultural and eclectic metropolis. 

 

Nowadays, the city hosts countless museums and educational spots to exhibit its rich history and culture. 

 

The list below shows the top historical hubs and museums in Downtown Sacramento: 

 

The Crocker Art Museum 

 

Being the oldest public art museum in the West, it carries more than 15,000 pieces of art that include permanent collections of artwork from around the globe. The facility also houses thousands of ceramics and Asian and African art. 

 

Aside from housing an expansive library and thousands of paintings and ceramics, the museum also serves as a venue for exhibitions, programs, lectures, concerts, and movie screenings. It also offers painting workshops for children and young adults ($135 for members and $175 for non-members). 

 

As of this writing, the Crocker Art Museum is the only museum in the Sacramento area accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, which certifies that it operates and manages the collections in accordance with the professional museum standards. 

 

Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm (on Thursday the operating hours are extended till 9 pm)

 

Location: Near the Sacramento River (just south of the Old Sacramento)

 

Admission cost: 

 

Adults – $10

Seniors and students – $8

Kids between 7-17 years old – $5

Children six years and younger – free

(Note: The museum has free admission every third Sunday of the month.)

 

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament 

 

The cathedral’s construction began in 1887 when Patrick Manogue was appointed as Sacramento’s first bishop. Inspired by his travels in Europe, he secured a property near the State Capitol and ordered the construction of a church modeled after L’Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite in Paris. 

 

Currently, the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is one of the biggest cathedrals west of the Mississippi River and has become not just an important religious landmark but also a symbol of the civic movements in the city. 

 

Due to numerous renovations, the cathedral lost its original neo-gothic style. Now, the architectural style of its exterior is modeled after the Italian Renaissance even though the interior is based on Victorian style.  

 

Between 2003 and 2005, the church underwent extensive remodeling to include a large crucifix, a Eucharistic chapel, and two smaller side chapels. With this recent renovation, the 200 feet long and 100 feet wide basilica can now seat 1,400 people. 

 

Location: 1019 11th St. Sacramento, California

 

Contact #: 916-444-3071 / fax 916-443-2749

 

Hours: Monday to Friday, between 9 am and 3 pm

 

Email: vramos@cathedralsacramento.org / cathedralfaithformationsac@gmail.com

 

California Museum 

 

Being the state history museum, the California Museum is dedicated to the histories of Californians dating back to the Gold Rush. In fact, one of its permanent exhibits shows the life of immigrants and the town’s people in the early days. (Note: While this is a permanent exhibit, the management changes the people and places so the visitors get to hear and see other interesting stories.)

 

Aside from housing historically valuable documents, the 20,000 square feet museum also serves as an event facility and provides an interactive experience to the visitors. 

 

Note: As of this writing, the California Museum has temporarily stopped their onsite tours due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, online tours remain available for distance learning during the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

California State Capitol Museum 

 

Located in Sacramento, the Capitol is the seat of the California government and also serves as a museum that exhibits historic rooms complete with artwork, artifacts, and antique furniture to recreate the early twentieth century Capitol.

 

To accommodate visitors with mobility issues, all the sidewalks leading to the Capitol and the North and South Annex entrances are wheelchair accessible. The museum also features assistive listening devices for the deaf and hard of hearing. 

 

Other things you can find in the museum include Cafeteria-style restaurants, a coffee shop, a gift shop, ATMs and vending machines, and a basement theater. 

 

Note: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is temporarily closed to the public; however, the Capitol Park remains open daily. 

 

The museum is managed and operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreations.

The Country Squire Mobile Home Park is a manufactured home community that is located near Citrus Heights, a city that is becoming a gastronomical hot spot. Living in Country Squire Mobile Home Park is an amazing experience, especially for a hardcore foodie. This manufactured home community in Sacramento, California is located near Citrus Heights, a city that is gradually emerging as a gastronomical hot spot. 

 

With an overwhelming number of food hubs, you might find it daunting to choose your next food trip, so we have decided to round up the top four Citrus Heights restaurants you should try. These food destinations are not just known for their scrumptious meal and hearty servings, but also for their reasonable prices. 

1. Texas Roadhouse

This town’s favorite serves all-American cuisine that leans more toward the Southwestern flavor. With their fall-off-the-bone ribs and juicy steaks that come with freshly made side dishes, they have become the go-to restaurant for anyone who needs to satiate his carnivorous cravings. 

 

Despite their hearty portions, the meals are reasonably priced, especially during their weekly special when steak is only $13.99.

 

Being the town’s favorite has its downside: The restaurant is often packed at dinner time, which makes it not the ideal place if you’re looking for something intimate. Nonetheless, even on a busy night, the wait isn’t that long, thanks to its friendly, attentive staff. 

 

If you’re into hearty, sinful meals and lively ambiance, the Texas Roadhouse should be your next food destination with its Texas-themed decor, impromptu singing, line dancers, and jukebox. 

 

Address: 6309 Sunrise Boulevard, Citrus Heights  Contact number: +1 916-726-7623

2. El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

This family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant has been serving their patrons for more than 32 years with their made-from-scratch meals (literally no cans in their kitchen). While their menu has a long list of hearty, mouth-watering meals, they are most known for their carne asada, which is beef marinated and grilled, often served in thin strips either as a main course or a filling in burritos and tacos. 

 

Other signature dishes you may want to try: fajita and molcajete. But if you really want to splurge a little bit, we suggest that you visit them for a Sunday Brunch (9 am – 2 pm) and enjoy their buffet of chile verde, cheese enchiladas, beans, rice, horchata and mimosa, Mexican bread, and other pastries, chile colorado, taco bar, to name a few. 

 

Surprisingly, this well-loved Mexican food haven also caters to people with special diets with vegetarian-friendly and gluten-free meals. 

 

But as with any popular food destination, the waiting line is a bit long especially during their Sunday Brunch, so we suggest that you arrive early. 

 

Address: 5637 Sunrise Blvd, Citrus Heights

Contact: +1 916-967-2900

3. Felipe's Mexican Restaurant

Another popular Mexican food destination, Felipe’s is a family-owned business that has been serving its Citrus Heights patrons since 1983. Due to their success, the owners decided to open a second location in Folsom in February 2007.

 

For decades, the food restaurant has been well-loved by customers who want to taste authentic Mexican cuisine that is a bargain for the cost. They also have take-out and cater to parties, weddings, and conferences. 

 

Felipe’s is most famous for their combinaciones de la casa, which roughly translates to combinations of the house. They include refried beans, Spanish rice, special salsa, hot tortilla, homemade chips, and chiminga, which are beef chunks wrapped in an oversized flour tortilla deep-fried until golden brown and drizzled with sour cream, melted cheese, and guacamole. 

 

Even though the restaurant is tucked away in a shopping mall strip, it is often packed with people, and so the waiting might be a bit long unless you arrive early. 

 

Address: 959 Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights

Contact: +1 916-722-5400

4. Sammy's Restaurant and Bar

Sammy’s is inside a casino building (Stone Creek Gambling Hall), making it a convenient food haven for gamblers. Nevertheless, their lamb ribs, duck tacos, Baba Ghanoosh with pita wedges, and New York-style pizzas are well-received even by non-gamblers who just want to satisfy their cravings. 

 

Compared to the previously mentioned restaurants, Sammy’s a little bit more pricey but still “reasonable,” especially their “small plates” which start at $3.  

 

Address: 6510 Antelope Rd, Citrus Heights

Contact: (Not Available)

Aside from the aforementioned food destinations, the Country Squire Mobile Home Park is also near Roseville’s malls, boutique shops, and theatres. But surprisingly, the mobile and manufactured home community has a small town “feel” as it is tucked away in a forested enclave of Arcade and Cripple Creeks. 


To know more about this hidden gem, visit them near our mobile home community.

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