California Museum

A must-see on any West Coast itinerant’s agenda, the California Museum – home of the celebrated California Hall of Fame – treats its visitors to a vibrant cross-section of the Golden State’s rich history and unique contributions to our world, inspiring men, women and children to fearlessly pursue the “California Dream”. Fascinating signature exhibits anchor the experience while an ever-changing series of fresh, short-term presentations highlighting lesser-known people, places and stories treat guests to an absolutely engrossing California history lesson. The 3000 square foot “California Indians: Making A Difference” exhibit is the only one of its kind, created in Native voice and representing over 100 tribes across the state; the gallery showcases the contributions of indigenous California peoples through a presentation of hundreds of artifacts, works of art, 13 oral histories at 6 video stations and an interactive Native language kiosk. The 6-story Constitution Wall features dramatically sculpted words extracted from the California Constitution, each specifically chosen to inspire reflection on the freedoms guaranteed all Californians; depending on the angle of the light and time of day, different words, punctuated by the wall’s natural color scheme, as drawn from California’s landscape palette of forest, ocean and desert hues, naturally become more prominent. Established by former First Lady Maria Shriver in 2006 as a special tribute to remarkable individuals who embody California’s pioneering spirit and have made their mark on history, the California Hall of Fame introduces honorable inductees from all walks of life who have made notable achievements in a diversity of fields.

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