On November 30th Governor Brown and First Lady Anne Gust presented to the 10th class of California Hall of Fame inductees the Spirit of California metal. The ceremony took place at the California Museum in Downtown Sacramento.
An exhibition of artifacts on loan from the 10th class of California Hall of Fame Inductees runs through September 10th at the California Museum. See related post: California Hall of Fame – Inductees (Part 1 of 2).
I visited the California Museum, located on O Street at Archives Plaza, to view the California Hall of Fame exhibit. I decided on a Sunday excursion to the California Museum as I thought parking would be a lot easier – and I knew it would be free to boot!
The California Museum is open on Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Hours on Tuesday through Saturday are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.
The California Museum is a lot more than the home of the California Hall of Fame – but more on that at a later date.
I had never actually been to the California Museum to tour the museum itself. Each time I was previously at the museum it was for a private event so I was looking forward to my visit.
When you enter the building head to the gift shop on your left where you can pay your entrance fee, receive a wristband and a Visitor Guide brochure/map.
The 2016 California Hall of Fame exhibit is on the 2nd floor. It was explained to me that there are 31 steps (there is also an elevator) to the 2nd floor in recognition of the fact that California was the 31st state to join the USA.
Now I happen to like museums of all types, and I enjoyed taking my time wandering around both the 1st and 2nd floors of the building at my leisure. There are both permanent and temporary exhibits – but I will focus on the 2016 Hall of Fame exhibit for now.
The 10th Class Hall of Fame exhibit features items from the inductees’ personal collections. The sections of wall space devoted to each inductee contain numerous items of interest, many with accompanying information on placards.
For example, among the items in Isabel Allende’s exhibit was her Presidential Medal of Freedom for Literature (awarded by President Barak Obama in 2014) as well as the typewriter on which she wrote her books.
Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones costume from “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) is a highlight of his exhibit which also includes the heavy blaster pistol used by Rebel Alliance General and smuggler Hans Solo.
Tony Gwynn’s (now retired San Diego Padre) #19 Jersey is among the items on display at his exhibit.
Several of Corita Kent’s original silk-screened serigraphs are included in her exhibit including “Yes #3” (1979).
William Perry’s exhibit includes a number of metals awarded him, among a wide variety of objects including photos of world leaders.
Maria Shriver’s exhibit includes photos, clothing and awards she has received.
Russ Solomon’s exhibit includes pictures of him as a young man, as well as a variety of Tower-related items once common in its stores.
George Takei’s Hikaru Sulu costume from “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) is another highlight. There is also a video recording of Takei where he talks about a variety of things including his acting career.
If you plan to visit the California Museum to see the 2016 Hall of Fame exhibit plan on a minimum of two hours to tour this exhibit and the rest of the museum.
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