The Sacramento California Crocker Art Museum is literally a masterpiece. I mean it, the outside of the building is an architectural work of art. The Crocker Art Museum was originally a home, it was the home of the Crocker family. The Crocker home was not just a house but a mansion. Many of the works in the Crocker Art Museum are from the Crocker family. While the Crocker Art Museum is not a world renown or even world class art museum it is the best we have in the area.
The Crocker Art Museum will soon be finished on some new construction. The New construction will add over 100,000 square feet to the Crocker Art Museum when it opens. The construction should really expand the Crocker Art Museum and help make the Crocker Art Museum much better. But until the end of the year we will have to make do with the Crocker Art Museum which we have now.
The Crocker Art Museum specializes in American and California art in particular. To be honest I am a bigger fan of European art then American art so for me the Crocker Art Museum is sadly lacking in this area. The Crocker Art Museum does not have many works from famous artist. When I lived in Boston I was in a single room at just one of the Harvard art museums and I saw more works by famous painters like Degas, Renoir, and Picasso to name just a few then you will find in all of the Crocker Art Museum. To be fair if you enjoy art it big art names should not matter.
I will admit there are many good paintings at the Crocker Art Museum. Even though the Crocker Art Museum does not have many works by artist that I enjoy the works it does have are nice. The lack of works by famous masters does open you up to new artistic choices. Another thing that is nice about the Crocker Art Museum is that it often has new changing exhibits. Besides having famous artist I also enjoy old art like Egyptian, Greek, or anything else that is old and probably has no name attached but is from antiquity. The Crocker Art Museum does have some antiquities though it is limited and often the antiquities that the Crocker Art Museum does have are limited exhibits.
Since the Crocker Art Museum focuses on California art some of the high points are some of the scenery paintings. The Crocker Art Museum has many scenery paintings of locations such as Yosemite and other popular California spots. One thing that I do really enjoy about the Crocker Art Museum is that their is an art vending machine. These vending machines are limited but somehow the Crocker Art Museum got one. You can actually use the vending machine to buy small inexpensive pieces of art. The vending machine was made to get people into art collecting. It is neat that you can go to an art museum and for less then most of the souvenirs in the museum store you can come home with a piece of art.
I think that the Crocker Art Museum will be much better once the new expansion is completed. Once the expansion is complete the Crocker Art Museum may be slightly more crowded but I doubt it will be much more crowded. Unless you either really want to see in which case I would suggest a drive down to San Fransisco or if you want to see a particular exhibit I would suggest you wait until the new expansion. I am not saying though that the Crocker Art Museum is not worth a trip but I have been to much better art museums and not far away in San Fransisco you can many art museums that are better then the Crocker Art Museum.