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Get Your (free) Museum Fix This Weekend

It’s time for Sacramento Museum Day again, which means nearly 25 Sacramento-area museums will open their door to the public with free or half-priced admission to all.

The annual event, which takes place 10am-5pm on Saturday, Feb. 7, is a chance for residents to experience the diversity and excitement that Sacramento museums have to offer. From the California State Railroad Museum to Sutter’s Fort, Sacramento’s most loved museums are participating. Also on the list are our unique (and also well-loved) museums such as the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, the Aerospace Museum, the Sacramento History Museum, and the California Automobile Museum, not to mention those lesser-known museums we may have always been curious about but never ventured into.

Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town will offer a family-friendly chance to watch the animals or play amid the fairytales for half-priced admission. The small cost of attending offsets traffic control and security costs for the parks, but still lets you in for a mere $6 adults/$4 kids at Sacramento Zoo and $2.75 at Fairytale Town.

Interestingly, the Crocker Art Museum is not on the list of participating museums this year, but they are offering their own $5 Day at the Crocker event with $5 admission for adults and free admission for youth 17 and under.

Special events will also take place at some locations, including gold-panning at the Sacramento History Musuem, an “open cockpit” at the Aerospace Museum (weather permitting), monster tractors and food trucks at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland, and cake at the Old Sacramento School House Museum to celebrate Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday and anniversary of the Sacramento’s first public school in Feb. 1854.

No matter the participating location you visit, Sacramento Museum Day will expose you to the wealth of art, history, culture, science, wildlife, and fun our museums offer.

Due to the popularity of the event, expect to see crowds and plan on attending the few you’d like to see most. It’s better to enjoy what you do see than rush to see them all!

2015 Sacramento Museum Day museums participating:

Aerospace Museum of California
California Automobile Museum
California State Capitol Museum
California State Railroad Museum
Discovery Museum Science and Space Center
Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Fairytale Town (half-price)
Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland)
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville)
Museum of Medical History
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sacramento Zoo (half-price)
Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum
State Indian Museum
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Verge Center for the Arts
Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)
Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

Note that the event ends at 5pm, but last admission is at 4pm. The 17th annual event is presented by Bank of America and Sacramento Covered, and organized by the Sacramento Association of Museums and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For more information (including a nifty 2015 Museum Day Guide!), visit sacmuseums.org.

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Bethany Harris

Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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