Fodor's Expert Review Crocker Art Museum
Established in 1885 with a collection assembled by California Supreme Court judge E.B. Crocker (brother of Charles Crocker, of railroad-baron fame) and his wife, Margaret, Sacramento's premier fine-arts museum specializes in California art, European master drawings, and international ceramics. A highlight is the magnificent Great Canyon of the Sierra, Yosemite (1871) by Thomas Hill. Some works are displayed in two architecturally significant 19th-century structures, the original Italianate Crocker residence and the villa-like gallery the judge commissioned. A contemporary 125,000-square-foot space added in 2010 hosts outstanding traveling exhibitions. The museum stays open late on Thursday; pay what you wish on the third Sunday each month.