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Artifacts

Mortar pestles

Mortar & Pestles, Louis Stein Collection

The museum collection features nearly 30,000 artifacts documenting the cultural, social, political, and economic history of the people who have lived, played and worked in the Sacramento region. Documenting daily life in Sacramento, the artifact collections include household items, furniture, toys, quilts, and costumes. Representing the working life of Sacramentans, from miners to farmers to artists, merchants and clerks are farm tools, office equipment, dredging machinery, photography equipment and works of art. Other artifacts include: one of the first fax machines, a variety of neon signs from area businesses, horse-drawn carriages, a 1903 curved-dash Oldsmobile, a collection of printing presses, and remnants of buildings torn down during redevelopment projects such as a complete flat from the 1920s era Merrium Apartments.

Beer tray

Beer Tray, Eleanor McClatchy Collection

The CSH museum collection is presently housed at our main repository on Sequoia Pacific Blvd and at our off-site facility at McClellan Park. Over six thousand artifacts have been cataloged into the PastPerfect system and are searchable via the catalog

The Sacramento History Museum in Old Sacramento is the primary exhibition venue for the CSH museum collection. Other temporary exhibitions are located at the Sacramento International Airport, City Hall, and Offices of the City Clerk, and Mayor.

For collections currently on display see the Exhibits & Programs pages.

Request for Access to Museum Collection

Cloche hat

Cloche Hat, Pat Derobertis Collection

The CSH museum collection is accessible physically at museum sites, and other participating exhibition venues throughout the city and county. Public admittance to collections that are not in public viewing areas is provided by appointment and is generally restricted to guided tours and to patrons for the purpose of research or examination.

All written requests for access to artifact collections must be submitted in advance to the City Historian, specifying materials and reason for request. Requests are reviewed and administered by the Collections Department and evaluated in light of the applicant’s purpose and credentials. Access for research or examination may be limited by policy, space and staff availability and is for on-site viewing at CSH storage facilities only. The preservation and care of the materials will always be a priority in considering access.

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