California State Indian Museum, Sacramento

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The California State Indian Museum is a museum in the state park system of California, United States, interpreting the diverse cultures of the indigenous peoples of California. It is located in Midtown Sacramento at 2618 K Street. The museum exhibits traditional items illustrating the varying cultures of the state's first inhabitants.

The native population of California, one of the largest and most diverse in the Western hemisphere, was made up of over 150 distinct tribal groups who spoke at least 64 different languages. Prior to the arrival of the first European explorers, the native population is estimated to have been in excess of 500,000 people.
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  • This modest sized Museum is worthy of your thoughtful visit. The Native Ranger on duty brought several displays to life for us with his knowledge, insight and passion!  more »
  • Wonderful museum with some really interesting exhibits on the native people of California, with great documentation and artifacts. While the museum is somewhat small, its definitely worth spending...  more »
  • Truly informative and enlightening, a must see for families to embrace a rich culture. I wish air conditioning was better, but understandably an old building. If you are fortunate to hear a story from Alfred about any of the Elder's legacy your time was well spent. By the way his flute playing is spiritually angelic. This museum/heritage center is a Sacramento gem.
  • As a European tourist, I enjoyed this museum a lot. It's smaller than your average museum, it's 10-60 minutes depending on how interested you are. Employees are willing to explain and tell you everything that's not written on signs if you're really loving it! Definitely worth a visit.

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