Crocker Art Museum is off I-5 (J St. exit), s. on 3rd St., then just w. to 216 O St. It was founded in 1885 and is said to be the longest continuously operating art museum west of the Mississippi River. The 1872 building originally served as the gallery for the art collections of Judge Edwin B. Crocker and his wife Margaret. The museum houses art from the prehistoric to the present, with an emphasis on California art, European old masters drawings and international ceramics.
The original, Italianate-style gallery building displays Asian art, European paintings and international ceramics. On view in the expansive wings of the contemporary Teel Family Pavilion are works by American and Californian artists and art from Africa and Oceania. Several halls are devoted to changing exhibitions.
Note: Backpacks and baby back carriers are not permitted; paid lockers are available for storage.
Guided tours are available. Food is available. Time: Allow 2 hours minimum.