There are about six long term exhibits, but the most impressive exhibits are those that explore those whose history is not typically taught in classrooms. These exhibits include California Indians, Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII, and California’s Remarkable Women. All the exhibits feature related artifacts and photos, and some exhibits include videos. The California Indians exhibit is particularly impressive as it features current issues such as cultural appropriation.
In addition to the long term exhibits, there are a short term exhibits to explore. Currently, some of the short term exhibits include Day of the Dead: Art of Día de los Muertos and California Missions. The California Missions has some impressive artifacts displayed, while the Day of the Dead exhibit is more contemporary. The Day of the Dead exhibit features works of art such as paintings and sugar skulls from local artists. There is also a community altar where you can leave a memorial for a loved one.
Periodically, there are events at the museum. For example, there will be a reception for their Day of the Dead exhibit on October 25th, which will include refreshments, face painting, and even more art to experience. There are also free learning workshops with admission on the fourth Sunday of every month, which are appropriate for children age three and up. Be sure to check the museum's website to see what events are coming up.
This museum is definitely worth visiting, especially while the Day of the Dead exhibit is still up.
Where: 1020 O Street
Admission: $6.50 – $9.00
Parking: Metered street parking and lots. List available here
Hours: Closed Mondays
Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Closed some holidays. Check this list.