Commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad
2019 marks the sesquicentennial of one of the most pivotal events and achievements in the history of the United States, the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Join us to commemorate this monumental occasion with events, activities, exhibits, and more throughout April, May & June.
To commemorate this historic occasion, the California State Railroad Museum has developed and updated exciting new exhibits. In April come experience our new exhibits and learn more about the Transcontinental Railroad.
The 150th Celebration continues throughout the Region!
Our friends are joining in on the fun
Keep an eye out for food and drink specials at our favorite bars and restaurants throughout Midtown, Downtown and Old Sacramento Waterfront.
California Automobile Museum
A special one-month display will be at the Museum in May 2019, highlighting how locomotives and railroads influenced the design of passenger automobiles and roadways.
Center for Sacramento History
Open now - October 2019: The Sacramento Shops, a new exhibit showcases the work done at the railyards including engineering plans drawn by hand and images capturing the assembly of massive "iron horses." The exhibit documents how Sacramentans played a leading role in spanning the continent with iron rails.
Crocker Art Museum
The region’s premier art museum celebrates the meeting of the rails with the exhibition The Race to Promontory: The Transcontinental Railroad and the American West, a show of 40 photographs and stereographs documenting the railroad’s arduous construction and moments of completion on view from June 23 – September 29, 2019.
Locke Boarding House Museum
Open now through March 2019 - two new exhibits featuring the contributions of Chinese workers who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad with some artifacts provided by the California State Railroad Museum.
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
During the month of May 2019, the Center will celebrate Roseville’s rich railroad history with a photo display highlighting how the railroad influenced the growth of the City. Railroad-themed interactive activities will also be featured at the Center in May.
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
A guided walking tour will give guests a glimpse of those connected to the Transcontinental Railroad who are buried in this historic city cemetery.
Sacramento History Museum
A new exhibit focusing on the effects of the railroad on Sacramento’s landscape and people debuts on May 16, 2019.
SSVMS Museum of Medical History
An exhibit dedicated to the history of Railroad Hospitals and Physicians will start on February 1 and continue through August 30, 2019.