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Old Sacramento Underground Tours

Undergound Tours

About the Tours

Hidden beneath the city for nearly 150 years, Old Sacramento’s underground has long been the capital’s best-kept secret.  Today, you can join thousands of residents and visitors in uncovering the facts behind the legends that lie below our buildings and sidewalks.  Explore excavated foundations and enclosed pathways while your tour guide recounts the tales of devastation, perseverance, and determination that led to California’s only successful street-raising project. 

These hour-long guided walking tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum before heading out into Old Sacramento and descending below historic buildings.  Be prepared to walk in areas with uneven surfaces and low ceilings and get ready to learn and have fun all along the way! During the summer months, please plan for very warm temperatures, as a portion of the tour is conducted outdoors and the underground spaces are not temperature controlled.


The 2014 season of Underground Tours began on April 5 and will continue into December. Tour times are as follows:

2014 Dates Days & Times
September 4 through October 31 Thursday & Friday: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM
Saturday: 10:30AM to 3:00PM, departing every half hour
Sunday: 10:30AM to 2:30PM, departing every half hour
November 1 through November 23* Thursday & Friday: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM
Saturdays & Sundays: 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM
November 28 through 30 Friday & Saturday: 10:30AM to 3:00PM, departing every half hour
Sunday: 11:00AM, 12:00PM, 12:30PM, 1:30PM, 2:00PM, 3:00PM
December 6 through 14 Saturday & Sunday: 11:00AM, 12:30PM, 2:00PM

* on Friday, November 7, tours will run at 11:30AM, 1:00PM, and 2:30PM.

Veteran's Day, November 11: please note there will NOT be tours available.

Adult Evening Tours

Special adult-only evening tours will take place throughout the 2014 season. These underground tours are filled with even more tales of early Sacramento’s “colorful” residents. Featuring courtesans, crime, and more, these 1.5 hour walking tours contain adult themes. No guests under age 21 allowed. The tours will end at River City Saloon where guests can redeem a coupon for a free Sarsaparilla, or a $2 shot of whiskey, or a $2 draft.

Adult Evening Tour times are as follows:

2014 Dates Days & Times
May 1 through August 24 Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 6:00PM
September 4 through October 5 Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 6:00PM
October 9 through October 30 Thursday: 6:00PM



Tickets may be purchased online, in person at the Sacramento History Museum, or over the phone by calling (916) 808-7059. These tours are often filled to capacity, so be sure to purchase tickets in advance to guarantee your spot. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: $15 (Adult Evening Tours are $20)
Youth (6-17): $10
Children (5 & Under): Free but not recommended. The tour content is best understood by children over age 6.
Adult Members: $12 (must be purchased either in person or by phone)

Children 5 and under will not receive audio headsets or receivers. Please note that all ticket sales are final and that neither refunds nor exchanges are available. Tours will run rain or shine.


Checking In

All tours check in at the Sacramento History Museum, located at 101 I Street in Old Sacramento. Please plan on arriving at least 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tour, as tours depart the museum precisely on time.

Private Old Sacramento Underground Tours

Private Old Sacramento Underground tours are available on weekdays, weekends, evenings, and during the off season, depending on availability. These tours accommodate up to 20 people and cost a flat rate of $300 for a 60 minute (regular) tour and $400 for a 90 minute (Adult) tour. Please contact Kathryn McAlpin at (916) 808-7973 or to arrange a private tour.

Also, we offer special pricing for bus tour groups. Please download the tour bus flyer (pdf) for more information.

Sneak Peeks and Media Links

Our tours have been featured in magazines, newspapers, television programs and news segments. Check out the links below to get a taste of the Old Sacramento Underground experience!

Tour Guide Opportunities

We are hiring tour guides! Please click here for more information.


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