I’ve lived in the Sacramento area since 2003. I only just discovered the lovely Crocker Art Museum last week, on a field trip with my oldest daughter.
If I think too hard about how many years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds I could’ve spent in that time visiting the Crocker Art Museum, I might just go a little bit insane.
I love it there.
This past June our family visited NYC as a family, for the first time, and I dreamt about living there, and semi-living at The Met while my daughters were in school. Such a lovely dream. So, it’s a bit of a thrill to find the Crocker Art Museum. It’s like having a small wing in The Met, here in the Sacramento area.
If you haven’t visited, don’t wait 12 years to discover it. Do it now.
In 1868, Judge Edwin B. Crocker purchased the property and buildings on the corner of Third and O Streets in Sacramento. In 1885 the Crocker Art Museum was the first public art museum in the Western United States. The collection is varied and expansive.
Our guide told us that the family made their money during the railroad days, and that Crocker took his daughters to Europe for a two-year tour, to collect pieces of art. The museum architecture is a mix of old world Italian architecture and modern sensibilities. It is truly, a pleasure to visit.
While you’re there you should also hit up Estelle’s Patisserie, you will thank me.
Right now the Crocker Art Museum is hosting the Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880-1910 through April 26, 2015. My daughters and I are excited about this, as we learned about Lautrec last year through the Meet The Masters program. We’re also keeping our fingers and toes crossed, as we have Paris on our list of places we hope to visit.
I love art, I love how it can change your perspective, elicit emotion, and wonder. I may not be one of those exceptional artists, but I am an ardent appreciator. I like to think artists need people like us.
The Crocker Art Museum is open Tues-Sun 10 am – 5 pm, Thurs 10 am – 9 pm, closed on Mondays. The third Sunday of each month is a “Pay What You Wish” day, or free day. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 7-17, ages 6 and under are free. For more information, check out their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Crocker Art Museum also has a lovely Crocker Cafe by Supper Club. When I worked at the BYU Museum of Art while I attended university, the museum cafe had the best food. It’s no different here. Your mind and your mouth will be happy.
If you go with kids, you can skip across the street and enjoy the large grassy lawn before, or after your visit to the museum.