Comfort Inn & Suites Near Folsom Lake
12249 Folsom Blvd
Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
Phone: (916) 351-1213
Fax: (916) 351-1817
Arts & Museums
The old Folsom Powerhouse on the American River has changed little since its completion in 1869. Built by H.P. Livermore, the two-story Tennessee marble structure still has its original generators, transformers and switchboards. When the powerhouse was in operation, the transformers delivered from 800-11,000 volts of electricity 22 miles downstream to Sacramento. Today, visitors can view all of the old works including the canal system, which channeled water from the dam.
When country singer Johnny Cash sang "Folsom Prison Blues," America became familiar with this rough granite-walled state penitentiary. The prison was built in 1880 to handle the overload from San Quentin. Tours of the prison are not offered; however, the displays in the museum offer a realistic view of what life is like on the inside. Especially frightening is the display of weapons prisoners have made from everyday items. You can purchase crafts and other items made by prisoners. Admission is USD2 for persons age 12 and up.
This center combines the services of an art gallery along with an excellent art instruction program. The exhibits change frequently and feature works in a wide array of mediums, with most art offered for sale. Demonstrations, field trips and recreational art classes for the novice to expert round out a very full program. Along with its daily schedule, the center hosts a reception and show as part of the Second Saturday Art Walk on the second Saturday of each month.
Maidu Museum & Historic Site preserves the legacy of the Nisenan Maidu people who had inhabited the land for more than a thousand years. Apart from preserving this cultural site, the museum also hosts events and other programs on a regular basis.
The four galleries in this seven-year old museum offer a glimpse into the past. Some visitors will recognize a particular telephone and remember “how it used to be.” On display are more than 100 early wall telephones, early telephone booths and old technology going back to the 1890s. As far as current equipment, technology buffs will appreciate the cutaway of a typical underground cable vault and a display that commends the wonders of fiber optics. Admission is $1 for age 13 and older. Children under 12 are admitted free.
Aviation or military buffs can spend hours at the Aerospace Museum. Planes of U.S. military significance from World War II to the present day are on display. Actual restoration projects are undertaken here. If you look around you might be lucky enough to see one of the F-117 Stealth Fighters sometimes serviced at the base. Tables are available for picnics, and a gift shop is full of fun souvenirs. See website for museum news, admission pricing and more.
Located next to Sutter's Fort, California State Indian Museum displays history from the Native American perspective. View intricately woven baskets, ceremonial dance regalia, sacred objects, headdresses, native instruments and other cultural items used by California's native people. Themes surrounding the natural world and its connection to the spiritual world add a rich contrast to the exhibits. Enjoy self-guided audio tours, which are activated by pushing indicated buttons.
Taking shape in 1991, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center is a non-profit gallery that exhibits prominent photographers work. Range and style of techniques displayed a this photography gallery span the spectrum, from classic black and white to pinhole polaroid manipulation exhibits. They've even shown candid pieces from the likes of budding photographers from the Sacramento Boys and Girls Club using disposable cameras as well as a few Ansel Adams pieces. Lectures, classes and workshops are regularly held, so check the website for details on upcoming events.
Housed in a charming Victorian, this gallery has continuously been voted as one of the best in town by KCRA 3. Featuring award winning local and national artists, the gallery features various art mediums, from sculpture and paintings to photography. Visit the website to know more about upcoming exhibits, shows and featured artists.
The pale, conservative background of this gallery tends to fade away; highlighting rather than competing with the art on display. Discover a permanent collection of paintings and sculptures in stone, bronze, wood and other "hard" materials. Works by artists Gregory Barton and the colourful and expressive mixed media works of Lauren Barton share the spotlight with the art of others. Barton Gallery tends to feature pieces focusing on the many forms of the human figure. The displays change monthly.
This unique art gallery takes local artists work and sells it at an international level. Spanglish Arte specializes in showcasing amazing local talent as well as offering workshops and classes for aspiring artists. The art found here favors owner, Mari Arreola's Mexican heritage with colorful pieces of Mayan, Central American and South American decorating the showroom. With deep roots in the community, not only is this establishment an art gallery, it also serves a Latino cultural center and boutique.
Operating continuously since the day the doors opened in 1869, California State Capitol Museum is where the State of California's legislature met. By the late 1970s, the building was declared seismically unsafe and had become an eyesore. The Legislature decided to stay in its traditional home and authorized a massive restoration. Today, from the intricate tile work on the front lobby floor to the lovingly etched filigreed detail in alcoves under the rotunda, the craftsmanship of a bygone era is evident. Docent guided tours are free.