Feb 04

Sacramento Museum Day

Presented by Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and Visit Sacramento at Downtown Sacramento

With 26 museums and local destinations participating, the 2017 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Sutter Health and Bank of America. To the delight of the greater Sacramento area community, the participating local museums will offer free or half-priced admission during the 19th annual event. Most of the more than 25 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas (the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town) will offer half-priced admission to offset parking and traffic control costs.

Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and Visit Sacramento, the annual event is a popular cultural tradition designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science, and wildlife. Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.

In addition to offering free or reduced cost admission, many of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day. The activities range from special staffing by docents (for some smaller museums not normally open on Saturdays) to the following experiences.

Special events:
The California Agriculture Museum: Opening Golden Landscapes, a photography exhibit by Carson Jefferies. The museum is also featuring the book California’s Thirst for Tractors and guests can meet the author Jack Alexander at noon that day.
California Museum: Offering free hands-on activities including an interactive family history/immigration project and a selfie photo booth where visitors may pledge to become a unity activist and submit their photos for a chance to be featured in the Unity Center exhibit opening summer of 2017.
California State Library: Offering a 3D exhibit showing historic photos on a 3D monitor, an historically themed scavenger hunt, a touch-screen of visual images from their collection, a tactile map of California from their Braille and Talking book library along with a special display of technology used by the visually impaired, and a special exhibit on the third floor featuring editorial cartoons.
Maidu Museum and Historic Site: Offering trail tours, children’s activities, tables for grinding acorns, and beaded bracelets or necklaces.
The Sacramento History Museum: Offering their always-popular gold panning activities for kids outside in front of the Museum.
The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum: Serving punch and cake as well as provide short lessons by interesting teachers all to celebrate the anniversary of Sacramento’s first public school in February 1854.
Roseville Utility Exploration Center: Presenting a hands-on Bird and Bug Bonanza with interactive activities such as a creek crawl, build your own bluebird home, story time with the Bug Squad, and more.
Sacramento Children’s Museum: Offering lots of hands-on activities including the popular Mission Imagination.

Participating museums:
California Agriculture Museum
California Automobile Museum
California Museum
California State Capitol Museum
California State Library
California State Railroad Museum
Don and June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Fairytale Town (offering half-off admission)
Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
Locke Boarding House Museum
Maidu Museum and Historic Site
Museum of Medical History
Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum
Old Sacramento State Historic Park
Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus
Roseville Utility Exploration Center
Sacramento Children’s Museum
Sacramento Historic City Cemetery
Sacramento History Museum
Sacramento Zoo (offering half-off admission)
Sojourner Truth African American Museum
State Indian Museum
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park
Verge Center for the Arts
Wells Fargo History Museum

Note: In addition to Sutter Health and Bank of America, the 2017 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly supported by active and engaged media partners including FOX40Studio40 Live, KSEG 96.9 FMSTAR 106.5FM, Outword Media, and Sacramento365. Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons.

Admission Info

Most museums Free

Sacramento Zoo:
-General $7.50
-Youths (Ages 2-11) $5
-Children (Ages two and under) Free

Fairytale Town:
-General $2.88
-Children (Ages one and under) Free

Phone: (916) 808-7777

Dates & Times

2017/02/04 - 2017/02/04

Location Info

Downtown Sacramento

1100 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814