The Sacramento History Museum is a reproduction of the 1854 City
Hall and Waterworks building, which sat on our current
site. The original building was completed in the spring of
1854 and was the city’s first municipal structure. It
housed the City Waterworks, City Offices – including the Mayor’s
office and Fire Department – the City Jail, and Police Court.
The dramatic and diverse history of Sacramento unfolds in the
The California State Railroad Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate,
offers a sight of rail history with over 2.5 acres of exhibits on
the property. With a roundhouse museum space filled with trains,
a picnic area on our 1849 scene, museum store, library,
turntable, passenger station, and the areas only historic and
authentic excursion train ride that is volunteer ran!