California Travel Tips

Portrait of The Gov – Jerry Brown

Published on: February 03, 2012

Over 25 museums are open and free on Feb. 4, 2012, during Sacramento’s Museum Day. But the portrait of “The Gov”, Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr., and many who have come before him — Arnold Schwarzenegger,  Ronald Reagan, and less remembered non-actor types,  are on display at the Capitol Museum in Sacramento, which is free every day ( Jerry Brown has never been an actor, as far as we recall, though he dated pop singer Linda Ronstadt, and he’s called “acting governor”.

There’s no portrait that has sparked more comment and attention than this unique painting of Jerry Brown done by artist Don Bachardy. It was commissioned during Brown’s stint as Governor of California (from 1975 to 1983) and pops out on the walls filled with many formal portraits. Most are standard paintings that look like glam photos, and they’re actually pretty boring. Brown has said that his portrait looks “unfinished”, but one thing’s for sure–you can’t miss it!

Capitol Museum
10th and L Streets
State Capitol, Room B-27
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 324-0333

Weekdays: 8 – 5
Weekends: 9 – 5
Admission: Free
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Day. Public tours are conducted daily, on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also wander and explore on your own.

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