Crocker Art Museum
Groups of budding art connoisseurs on California holiday must see this fabulous, multi-genre assemblage of exquisite European paintings, master drawings, international ceramics, and significant African, Asian, and Oceanic works, with prized collections dating from the Gold Rush era to the present day.
Landmark Crocker Art Museum, one of the most important art institutions in the Golden State of California, and the longest continuously operational art museum in the West, is located in the State Capitol of sunny Sacramento. The grand vision, fulfilled, of prominent local banker/land baron Judge E.B. Walker and his wife Margaret, the museum’s fantastic core collection was assembled by the couple in the early 1870s and has flourished ever since-so much so that the historic Victorian Italianate art gallery building was quickly outgrown; the adjoining Teel Family Pavillion was constructed to accommodate expansion, effectively tripling the museum’s size to a massive 145,000 square feet, adding four times the space for traveling exhibitions and three times the space reserved for showcasing its permanent collections.