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“Great look into California's history”
Review of Governor's Mansion

Governor's Mansion
Ranked #24 of 175 things to do in Sacramento
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Owner description: Built in the late 19th century, this mansion was the official residence of the state's governor through the late 1960s.
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Although we live in Sacramento, we had never visited the Governor's mansion so thought it was about time. They have tours on the hour and are open from 10am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. The tours last from 30 minutes to an hour, based on the size of the group and questions. Our tour had more children which made it fun but probably on the longer side (almost an hour). The mansion was built in 1877 as a private residence but since the early 1900s, it was home to 13 of California's Governors. Since the late 60s, it has been run by the State Parks. You can see items from various eras--furnishings, TVs, phones, appliances, photos, footed tubs, clothes, dishes, etc. The tour was interesting and informative for only $5. We were sad to hear that this was one of the sites that was slated for closure due to the Budget. Let's hope that somehow they can save it.

I posted some photos and review of my afternoon in Sacramento at: http://insightfultravel.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/sacramento-afternoon-in-february/

Thank Happy_CaTraveler
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Tours are given of the former home of Governors Reagan and Jerry Brown, when Brown was the son of Governor Pat Brown. They decorate for Halloween and Christmas, but the place is old.

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Reviewed 2 February 2012

Interesting glimpse of how the Governors lived in the capital city. Children enjoyed the short history lesson.

Thank stuckinlodi1965
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

THis is a piece of history of a sort you won't see elsewhere. You wouldn't be able to see it here if Der Gubernator hadn't decided to live elsewhere. Great guide, wonderful look back in time. Hard to believe that the heads of America's greatest state (no axe to grind: I'm Canadian) lived in such a modest home.

Thank ianjc
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

This is a great place in CA history, the guided tours, the original settings, a must see for history buffs.

Thank mark w
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