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Crocker Art Museum Guide

By Juliet Farmer
11/14 - Art & Culture - Crocker Art Museum
Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer

Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 808-7000
Hours: Tues to Sun 10am-5pm; Thurs 10am-9pm (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New
Year's Day, and all Mondays except for holiday Mondays open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
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Whether you're familiar with Crocker Art Museum's original location in a grand mansion, or whether you're more familiar with its expanded grandeur, one thing's for sure—if you appreciate art, Crocker Art Museum is the best place to view an impressive assortment of styles and mediums the likes of which will leave you dazzled. Admission is less expensive that a trip to the movies, so there's no excuse not to take the whole family. Adults are $10, seniors 65 and up are $8, college students are $8, children seven to 17 are $5, and kids six and under free.

Insider tip: Every third Sunday is "pay what you wish Sunday," where admission is up to you.

 Crocker Art Museum
Photo Credit: Juliet Farmer

Crocker's approximately 175,000 square feet boasts more than 15,000 works of art, a 260-seat auditorium, a café with indoor and outdoor seating, and a redesigned Crocker gift store.

Permanent installations include a comprehensive collection of California art from statehood to present, American art ranging from late-19th century to 1945, African and oceanic art, Asian art, approximately 1,500 master drawings, European art, international ceramics, and photography.

Typically, a few temporary collections are also on hand. Upcoming collections include Clayton
Bailey's World of Wonders (on display Oct 22, 2011 – January 15, 2012), Florence and the

Baroque: Paintings from the Haukohl Family Collection (on display Nov 5, 2011 – February 12,
2012), and The Art of Disegno: Italian Prints and Drawings form the Georgia Museum of Art (on
display Nov 19, 2011 – February 12, 2012).

Below is an overview of each permanent installation:

11/14 Arts & Culture - Crocker - Africa Art
Ngondo mask, mid-20th century (credit: Crocker Art Museum)

African & Oceanic Art
Second Floor, Loet Vanderveen Atrium

California sculptor Loet Vanderveen's collection of Asmat and African art is only a sampling of
art representing the South Pacific cultures and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Koshimaki, 19th century (credit: Crocker Art Museum)

Asian Art
Third Floor

Crocker's Asian art collection includes East Asian ceramics and decorative arts, including Korean
ceramics, Chinese textiles, Japanese arms and armor, and tea ware by 20th-century masters, as
well as the 600-plus piece William and Edith Cleary collection of Indian and Persian miniature
paintings and drawings.

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Georgia O'Keeffe, It Was a Man and a Pot, 1942 (credit: Crocker Art Museum)

California & American Art
Third Floor

The California and American art collection features work dating from the Gold Rush to present, with over 150 years of painting, sculpture, and craft media representing impressionism, abstract expressionism, and pop art. In addition, the contemporary work of California artists spans more than 60 years and boasts paintings, sculptures and craft media.

European Art
Third Floor

This European art collection emphasizes central European painting of the 19th century, Dutch and Flemish 16th- and 17th-century painting, and Italian baroque painting.

International Ceramics
Second Floor

Crocker's international ceramics collection includes one of the most comprehensive collections of early Meissen tableware in the world.

Third Floor

Over 1,000 photographs are on display at Crocker, with an emphasis on the California landscape, as captured by noted photographers including Ansel Adams and Edward Weston.

Library Collection
First Floor
Thur 1pm – 5pm, Sat by appointment
(916) 808-8856

The Gerald Hansen Library is a non-circulating research resource regarding all of Crocker's collections. During select hours, visitors can learn more about permanent installations and temporary exhibitions, with volunteer librarians available to help.

Drawings & Prints
Appointment Only
Contact William Breazeale (916) 808-5041

The Anne and Malcolm McHenry Works on Paper Study Center features a collection of approximately 1,500 master drawings, including examples from the major European schools, central European and Swiss drawings, Italian drawings, and French and northern European collections.

Juliet Farmer was born and raised in Sacramento, where she resides with her husband, two cats, and rescued greyhound. She is a freelance writer who regularly writes about food, pets, health and wellness, entertainment, and more.
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