Retrace the 1873 cross-country journey of Jules Tavernier and Paul Frenzeny – and the development of the U.S. – through their detailed and colorful engravings of the American West.
History & Culture
An exploration of the only Japanese American Segregation Center in WWII connects visitors to the complex issues of interment in the voices of those held captive.
The story of one of California’s most beloved and feared animals – the grizzly bear.
Enter the optimistic era of “The New Negro Movement” through the photographs of African American photographer John Johnson. His ennobling portraits, taken from 1910-1925, reveal the dignity and hope of his friends and neighbors during this time of great promise for African Americans.
Encourage political engagement and demystify voting terms and processes through this non-partisan, bilingual exhibit.
Gadgets Galore! invites visitors to engage with history and explore historic houses through the lenses of gadgets and technology.
California before the fateful discovery of gold in the American River through the frenzied rush to the gold fields overland and by sea.
Illuminating the hardships, joys, and lives of female pioneers, Her Side of the Story features first-person accounts from women who traveled by land or sea to settle in California.
Stories and photographs of contemporary migrant farm workers give visitors a reality check on the food they eat and the people who harvest it.
Invite conversations about and reflections on the nuances of life along the U.S./Mexico border through neutral and studied photographs of the region.
Contemporary Native and Indigenous printmakers’ diverse points of view and styles of artwork are revealed through captivating and vibrant prints.
A visually arresting and powerful first-person history of one of the defining events of the 20th century through portraits and personal stories of Holocaust survivors.
Discover a remarkable, overlooked moment in U.S. history when people with disabilities took bold action to demand their rights.
Meet Susie Keef Smith and Lula Mae Graves, adventurous cousins who traversed and photographed the California desert in the 1920s with six guns and burros by their sides.
An authentic view of California Indian people, communities, and land with origins predating the arrival of colonizers. Dugan Aguilar’s photographs make visible the ties between that age-old origin and the contemporary existence of a “Native” California.
Through remarkable large-scale art quilts and sculptural textile works, 40+ artists interpret the diversity, illusions, and realities of California.
Explore the fascinating and largely unknown stories of pre-World War II tattooed women and how they’ve shaped tattoo culture in the Golden State.
Through contemporary works, “Textures of April 30th” explores a date that holds commemorative weight for many Vietnamese Americans: April 30, 1975, the Fall of Saigon.
The journeys, hopes, dreams, and concerns of new U.S. citizens come to life through vivid color portraits and personal stories.
A day in the life of 10 California families as they navigate the US’ complex health care system to care for children with special needs.
Explore the unusual, icky, scandalous, uncomfortable, and surprising artifacts in your collection with Unmentionable (license for framework/graphics).
Personal correspondence reveals an intimate perspective on how war can shape a life, a family and a community.
The Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition dives into water – an essential component of life on our planet, environmentally, culturally, and historically.
Since the Gold Rush, Black Californians have been part and parcel of rural areas. These little-known stories of African American farmers, ranchers, and rural residents challenge myths about who lived in and cultivated rural California.
The sweeping story of how freedom and equality have grown in California, from the gold rush right up to the precarious post-9/11 era.
The complex and nuanced relationships between Yosemite’s natural wonders and its five million annual visitors and workers come to life in “Yosemite People.”