“Nature, Spirit, Family”
The State Indian Museum, opened in 1940, depicts three major themes of California Indian life: Nature, Spirit, and Family. Native peoples lived prosperously for thousands of years in what is now California. All of the exhibits and photographs on display in the museum are presented with respect for those who went before us on this land and continue to live in California communities today. California Indian cultural items in the museum include traditional baskets, along with some of the smallest in the world, a redwood dugout canoe, ceremonial regalia, beadwork, and hunting & fishing tools-some of which are more than twenty-four hundred years old. There is also an exhibit depicting the life of Ishi, reputedly the last survivor of the Yahi tribe, illustrating how Native culture was powerfully impacted and forever changed when outsiders arrived.
Good: it's only $5 for visit.
Bad: kinda small place.
Doesn't worth your time to drive there specifically but if you are taking a walk in old part of Sacramento, go ahead and visit this museum!
The building that houses the museum isn't very big, so you wouldn't expect there to be a whole lot here. Once you step inside, however, you'll find that the museum is beautifully organized so that its limited space is densely packed with fascinating artifacts, and yet the items don't look crowded at all. You'll see amazingly intricate baskets, beautiful beaded jewelry, handmade weapons, and more. And don't miss the world's smallest basket! It's in a display case next to some other very small baskets. I nearly walked right by it!
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California State Indian Museum
- Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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