I am a member of the Crocker Art Museum so I can pop in to see an exhibition, like the superb and disturbing “Emancipating the Past” by Kara Walker. As a tourist you can visit for $12, less if you are a senior or a student. It is a good value as the museum has recently expanded with an entire new building, a larger gift shop and a terrific cafe.
The museum used to boast that it was the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi, but they do not mention this any longer in their materials. Maybe “oldest” suggests “musty”, whereas the collection is growing and up to date. It does include the foundation pieces that E.B and Margaret Crocker purchased on their European travels and bequeathed to Sacramento along with their elegant mansion. Judge E.B. Crocker was the brother of one of the railroad “big four” railroad barons that you may have read about if you had a decent history teacher. He did make his money from the railroad–as legal counsel to the Central Pacific Railroad. Fortunately for us, this railroad millionaire had taste.
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10-5 and open later on Thursdays until 9 p.m. Closed Mondays. 216 O Street, Sacramento (walking distance from Old Sacramento)