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Old Sacramento Underground Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will I see on the tour?
  • Underground Tours include a brief introduction to early Sacramento followed by visits to several Old Sacramento historic buildings. Here, you will see excavated building foundations, exposed brick retaining walls, and Sacramento’s famous “hollow sidewalks.” Above ground, your tour guide will point out interesting architectural and landscape features reflecting the street-raising project and the district’s Gold Rush origins.

  • How long does the tour last?
  • Underground Tours last approximately one hour.

  • What if I arrive late for my tour?
  • Underground Tour tickets are sold for specific tours only and cannot be transferred to other tours later in the day. If you arrive late, every effort will be made to catch you up to your scheduled tour.

  • What is your refund/exchange policy?
  • All sales are final. Tickets are not refundable. Exchanges are not available.

  • Do I have to make advance reservations?
  • While advance reservations are not required to go on an Underground Tour, it is recommended that visitors purchase their tickets in advance. Tours can accommodate no more than 20 guests. Tours often sell out well before their scheduled time and we are unable to accommodate visitors who have not already purchased tickets. Please call (916)808-7059 to confirm availability for a specific tour.

  • Where does the tour start?
  • Tours check-in and depart from the Sacramento History Museum, located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento.

  • Is admission to the Sacramento History Museum included in the tour?

    No. However, Underground Tour visitors receive a discounted admission rate to the museum on the day of their tour. The discounted rate is $3 per person.

  • What shoes should I wear?
  • Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are recommended as the tour visits areas with uneven surfaces.

  • Are the underground spaces cold?

    No. Please dress for the weather.

  • How much walking does the tour involve?
  • The Underground Tours cover a distance of approximately one-half mile at a steady pace.

  • Is the tour accessible to wheelchair users?
  • Yes. However, it is recommended that wheelchair users be aware that the tour visits areas with uneven surfaces.

  • Can I take photographs on the tour?
  • No photographs may be taken during the underground portions of the tour. Photographs are allowed only while above ground.

  • Can I choose a specific tour guide?
  • Unfortunately we are not able to honor requests for specific tour guides, as tour guide schedules are irregular and subject to change.

  • Can I bring my stroller?
  • Yes. However, the tour visits areas with uneven surfaces. You may also store your stroller at the Sacramento History Museum while on your tour, but this option is based on available space and is first-come, first-served. Note: This is a historical tour. Content is most easily understood by children over six. Also, children under age six do not receive audio equipment on the tour.

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