Crocker Art Museum – Sacramento

The Crocker Art Museum is a downtown Sacramento staple.  Every school age child comes here at least once.

The Crocker family earned their money from the railroad.  They parlayed that money in to many other things ultimately affording the family to build a legacy Sacramentans will be forever grateful for.  The Crocker’s showed interest in art and began collecting personally specifically Asian art and ceramics.  Eventually the beautiful house and the art collection were gifted to the City of Sacramento for the purposes of creating culture in an early Sacramento.

The original house has been enlarged during the Crocker’s time there and recently underwent the building of a world-class architecturally modern wing added in 2010.  I hadn’t visited since this beautiful wing was added and took the summer heat wave as an opportunity to enjoy their art & air conditioning.

Highlights of the exhibits are the house itself, outside large public art installations on the grounds, early California paintings, ceramics, Oceana exhibits, and a broad grouping of Asian art from the Middle East, India, Japan, China, and beyond.

 

 

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