California State Indian Museum
Both highly informative and exceptionally interesting, the California State Indian Museum is a true ‘must-see’ while visiting Sacramento. This small museum within the California State Park system displays the various ‘diverse cultures of indigenous peoples of California’, a great opportunity for your group to immerse themselves into the lifestyles and personal histories of a bygone era of indigenous peoples.
The museum itself was built in 1914, located in Midtown Sacramento just off of K Street. Inside you will be greeted by a bevy of artifacts, exhibits, and hands-on activities that represent the various tribes and their cultures, the area of California once holding over 150 different local tribes. The tribes altogether represented over 64 different languages, this spot considered to be one of the largest and most diverse native populations within the Western Hemisphere. Your group can enjoy a self-guided tour during your visit, with additional elements for school groups grades 4-12. The tour will show information about the earliest inhabitants and their way of life within the state, the information broken up into elements of Nature, Spirit, and Family.
Be sure to save time to check out all the authentic artifacts during your visit, such as handwoven baskets, canoes, ceremonial necessities, beadwork, and hunting tools, some items dated back as far as 2400 years. You can even utilize different tools such as a drill pump used for bead and tool making.