Looking for a “cool” encounter with California history? Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the California State Archives (and, yes, our stacks are kept year-around at a brisk 68 degrees)!


State archives Third Floor Stacks


State Archives staff will provide a FREE guided tour of our collections documenting California’s rich history and state government. The State Archives' collections of historic records include more than 100 million documents, 20,000 maps and architectural drawings, 250,000 photographs and thousands of video and audio recordings. Each guided tour provides a close encounter with the Archives’ one-of-a-kind historical documents and behind-the-scenes views of the preservation and imaging labs.

Be sure to check tour times as some tours start at 10:00 a.m. and other start at Noon. The tours last approximately one hour. We are now scheduling tours for:

March - April - May - June 2018

For more information, email the Archives Tour Coordinator or phone (916) 653-7715.

**The tour usually requires going down one flight of stairs. If you require assistance, please let us know ahead of time so we can ensure your experience is a positive one.**

Come early and enjoy our photograph exhibit, California Memoirs, featuring the William M. McCarthy Photograph Collection. The exhibit is located in our 4th Floor Gallery and is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

March 29, 2018 - Celebrating Women's History Month

March 29, 2018 - Celebrating Women's History Month

March 30, 2018 - Celebrating Women's History Month

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