These landmark venues throughout the region can provide a
backdrop for meetings and events that showcase the state’s history with restored spaces and modern offerings.
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento
The Crocker Art Museum is located blocks from the California
State Capitol building and contains works from California art
to European master drawings and international ceramics. The
museum is comprised of the Historic Building and the modern
Tee Family Pavilion.
In 1868 Judge Edwin B. Crocker purchased the property and
renovated the home into a grand Italianate mansion and adjacent gallery building to display the family’s art collection. The
project was completed in 1872 and the mansion went through
multiple reconstructions and uses until 1989 when the historic
facade was restored and a modern gallery interior was created.
The gallery building is a California Historical Landmark and
listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
“The Crocker Art Museum is the oldest continuously operating
public art museum west of the Mississippi,” said Lucy Stef-
fens, director of travel media for Visit Sacramento. “The stately
Victorian mansion and its $100 million expansion have hosted a
number of events accommodating up to 1,200 guests.”
From the beginning stages in 2000 until the opening in 2010,
the Crocker underwent an expansion that includes a new build-
ing and the internal reconfiguration of the existing structures.
The 125,000-square-foot Tee Family Pavilion more than tripled
the museum’s size and also enabled the dedication of the historic
building’s entire first floor as the Museum’s Education Center,
including four studios, space for student and community exhibitions, an expanded Gerald Hansen Library and the Art Education
The Crocker Art Museum has several spaces for private functions, including an indoor ballroom with the capacity for 300
guests; two outdoor courtyards; a meeting center that can be
divided into two separate rooms; 4,000-square-foot Friedman
Court; and Setzer Foundation Auditorium, which has built-in
seating for 262 people.
Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium is part of the Sacramento
Convention Center Complex. According to Visit Sacramento, the
building is currently undergoing a renovation and will reopen in
May 2020, along with the reopening of the expanded Sacramento
First opened in 1927, the auditorium is dedicated as a memori-
The rich history of California’s tate capital, Sacramento, as well as the Central Valley cities to the south and national parks of the
High Sierra, is not gone nor forgotten.
Groups can warmly embrace the region’s
past in off-site venues that tell stories of
grand, earlier times.
California’s Sacramento, Central Valley
and High Sierra preserve history with
an eye on the future
BY KATE CRIPE
CROCKER ART MUSEUM, SACRAMENTO
BOB HOPE THEATRE,