Museums free on Saturday
Sacramentans will have the opportunity to be tourists in their own city Saturday as 26 area museums waive their admission fees.
The 13th annual free museum day will take place from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday.
“It reminds people who live here what great museums we have in this city,” said Mike Testa, spokesman for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The ultimate goal is to get more visitors in the museums.”
Event organizers offered tips on getting the most out of the experience:
“We encourage people not to try to hit 26 museums in a day,” said Delta Pick Mello, spokeswoman for the Sacramento Association of Museums. “We encourage people to pick out two or maybe three museums they really want to visit.”
She added that seeing some of the smaller museums is a good idea, since the larger ones are typically more crowded.
“I’ve always liked the Museum of Medical History,” Testa said. “It has all the tools they used way back when. Seeing all the tools of the doctor really makes you appreciate how good we have it today, even though no one likes to go to the doctor.”
The free entrance day is an idea going back more than a decade and is designed by the Sacramento Association of Museums to promote the museums to the public, who might not otherwise get to know them all.
“The Sacramento Association of Museums formed with the idea of promoting the museums we have right in our own backyard,” Mello said. “We wanted people to know they don’t have to leave the area to see great museums.”
The event has seen its success grow each year, and last year’s Museum Day saw 85,000 visitors come through the doors.
This year, a free shuttle service is being offered for many of the museums in the area, Mello said.
“We have free shuttle buses from the California Museum at 10th and O (streets),” she said. “Five routes take them to various locations in the city.”
Most museums stop allowing entrance at 4 p.m. and close at 5. Shuttles run until then, and Mello said they will ensure visitors get back to where they started.
According to the Sacramento Association of Museums, participating museums are:
Aerospace Museum of California
California Automobile Museum
The California Museum
California State Military Museum
California State Capitol Museum
California State Indian Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Crocker Art Museum
Discovery Museum Science and Space Center
The Don and June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Folsom History Museum
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland)
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Museum of Medical History
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento and downtown locations).
The California Foundry History Museum is located at 5301 Price Ave., North Highlands.