Visit the Sacramento of the Gold Rush at the Discovery Museum on I Street. You'll find samples of gold nuggets, including a 13 pounder, and experience the life of a miner by touring a replica of a miner's cabin and a mine shaft. At this location, you'll find other exhibits that bring Sacramento's history to life. In the Buried Past, you walk on a glass floor over excavated remains of Sacramento in the nineteenth-century. You'll see a family's abode, a Chinese laundry, and the miscellany of a peddler's junk store.
Not too far away, on Auburn Boulevard, you'll find the Discovery Museum Natural Science Center. Space Quest allows you to feel what it might be like to walk on the moon. At the Bone Zone, you can examine x-rays of bones, visit a doctor's office, and go through the replicated drive-thru at the Healthy Bone Diner. While you won't find any real food there, just replications, feel free to bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy in the 14-acre woodland. There you will discover 300-year-old heritage blue oaks and bring your binoculars for some bird-spotting.
Hours + Fees
Tues. - Sun.: 10 am to 5 pm.
Closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Summer Hours (July and August):
Daily: 10 am to 5 pm
The Gold Rush History Center
101 I Street
Old Sacramento, CA 95814
The Space & Science Center
3615 Auburn Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95821
The Science & Space Center is closed on Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day, but the Gold Rush History Center is open on those holidays.