The Crocker Art Museum recently underwent a renovation, and the results are stunning. It feels like a "real" museum, the type you would expect to find in a big, thriving city like Sacramento, the capital of California. The permanent collection of paintings is housed in the old Crocker mansion, with beautiful details to be found in every room. The exhibitions as well as permanent collections of ceramics and Asian and African artworks are housed in the museum's new modern wing. The light, airy space perfectly suits the purpose. There is also an inviting courtyard and cafe downstairs as well as exhibition spaces upstairs.
The museum is located right in downtown Sacramento. Entrance is $10 per adult. Family-friendly activities are held frequently. Parking is available behind and in front of the museum. The gift shop has a nice collection of gifts, puzzles, wall hangings, and children's items.
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Unique Gifts at the Crocker Art Museum Gift Shop
The Crocker Art Museum's gift shop is located inside the beautiful Crocker Art Museum, just blocks from the Capitol and Old Sacramento State Historic Park. The gift shop is a light-filled space that sells unique items made by regional artisans, such as hand-dyed silk scarves by local artist Alicia Herrera, funky jewelry, and handmade children's toys. A fine collection of home design products, books, note cards, puzzles, children's art supplies, and prints of regional artists' work are also for sale.
If you happen to be in town at the very end of November-early December, you can visit their Holiday Art and Craft Festival for a huge selection of unique gifts made by local artisans.
The gift shop is open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00-5:00 but, like the museum, stays open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays.