Feb 03 2018
20th Annual Sacramento Museum Day

20th Annual Sacramento Museum Day

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

With 26 museums and local destinations participating during this celebratory year, the 20th Annual Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Sutter Health and takes place on February 3. To the delight of the greater Sacramento area community, the participating local museums will open their doors to offer free or half-priced admission to the community. Most of the 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 Area 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 -- at little or no cost. 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:

-The California Automobile Museum will feature a special Story Time with a celebrity reader at 11am and Noon. Also, some of the eye-catching class cars will be on display outside the Museum (weather permitting)
-The California State Library will be featuring water transportation in California and a special Haiku and Japanese Art exhibit. The State Library has the largest haiku collection outside of Japan. Plus, kids can visit with the Library’s very own robo-dog, Browser
-California Museum will offer self-guided tours of the 2018 encore installation of “Kokoro: The Story of Sacramento’s Lost Japantown,” Unity Center at California Museum and more, plus free a family history immigration activity.
-Maidu Museum & Historic Site will offer trail tours, children’s activities, tables for grinding acorns and beaded bracelets or necklaces
-Museum of Medical History will be staffed by retired physicians to answer questions and enhance the visitor experience on Sacramento Museum Day
-Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus guests will have the opportunity to experiment with some of the hands-on engineering design activities offered in Design Lab and see live critters and insects up-close in the Nature Discovery Area. Additionally “Scooter” the Air Quality Management District’s mascot is plans to make a special guest appearance
-The Sacramento Historic City Cemetery will offer tours that day and, if Museum Day guests make a donation to the Cemetery, they will have the unique opportunity to ring the big fire bell
-The Sacramento History Museum will offer their interactive and fun gold panning activities for kids outside in front of the Museum
-The Roseville Utility Exploration Center will present a special “Bird and Bug Bonanza.” This free family-friendly event will feature interactive activities such as a creek crawl in Cruddy Creek, joining the bug squad, story time with the library, exploring the local habitat and building a birdhouse
-The Sacramento Zoo will have craft stations hosted by Zoo teens and docents available throughout the day to answer animal questions and share biofacts. Also, guests are encouraged to stop by the Reptile House Lawn at 11am to meet some of the Zoo’s animal ambassadors during an Animal Encounter

Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2018:
-Aerospace Museum of California
-California Automobile Museum
-California Museum
-California State Capitol Museum
-California State Library
-California State Railroad Museum
-Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
-Fairytale Town
-Folsom History Museum
-Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park
-Maidu Museum & 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
-Sojourner Truth African American 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)

SAM member museums not able to officially participate in the 2018 Sacramento Museum Day include the following:
-California Agriculture Museum (that is offering special adult programming that day until 2 p.m.)
-California Statewide Museum Collections Center
-Crocker Art Museum (charging $5 admission that day)
-Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (closed to the public)
-Locke Boarding House Museum

Admission Info

Most Museums Free

Sacramento Zoo Admission:
Adults $7.50
Children (Age 2-11) $5
Youth (Under Age 2) Free

Fairytale Town Admission:
General $2.88
Children (Age 1 and under) Free

Phone: (916) 808-7777

Dates & Times

2018/02/03 - 2018/02/03

Additional time info:

*The last guests will be admitted at 4pm.

Location Info

Downtown Sacramento

1100 12th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814