Crocker Art Museum
A California Classic
The Crocker Art Museum is dedicated to promoting an awareness of and an enthusiasm for human experience through art. To that end, the Crocker’s original Victorian-Italianate gallery building and modern Teel Family Pavilion make up one of California’s leading museums, with a permanent collection that includes Asian, African and Oceanic works,international ceramics, and contemporary American art, plus nearly a dozen special exhibitions every year.
The Crocker also houses one of the nation’s premier collections of Californian art, with works dating from statehood to the present. The core collection was assembled by the Museum’s founder, Judge E. B. Crocker in the early 1870s, while the Museum’s holdings of contemporary works by California artists spans more than 60 years and reflects the state’s ongoing artistic vitality.
And perhaps most notable is the Crocker’s collection of European master drawings — one of the finest in the United States. Containing approximately 1,400 works, it offers superb examples from the major European schools plus rare works from France and Northern Europe. To add to the visitor’s experience of the art on view, the Crocker hosts nearly 600 programs and classes every year for visitors of all ages. Students of all abilities can take part in dozens of art classes, camps and workshops each year in the Museum’s education center, which includes art studios, community exhibition galleries, and the Gerald Hansen Library. Classes range from glass fusing and screen printing to watercolor painting, poetry workshops and field trips.
And kids are welcome, too! Tot Land, the Museum’s interactive education space for children, provides a hands-on environment that fosters creativity through play. Visitors with children can also partake in dozens of age-appropriate programs in the galleries, including art making activities and tours.
You see, there’s always something surprising at the Crocker, from unexpected discoveries in the galleries, to guest lectures by internationally acclaimed artists, classical and jazz concerts, film screenings, food truck festivals, adults-only parties, and free, docent guided tours.
The Crocker has something for everyone. Discover it all at CROCKERARTMUSEUM.ORG