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Sacramento Museum Day has Something for Everyone

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Explore art, history, culture, science, wildlife, or just plain coolness at any of 30 local museums offering free or half-price admission during Sacramento Museum Day on Saturday, February 1st. The 16th annual event is designed to encourage residents to explore the diversity of museums the Sacramento area has to offer, a variety of which is sure to provide something for everyone.

If you fancy an up-close look a Blue Angels’ fighter or a ‘Top Gun’ F-14 Tomcat, then check out the Aerospace Museum. Or are you looking for animal offspring (while they’re still young)? See them at the Sacramento Zoo. Love trains? Why, the Railroad Museum of course. Got kids crazy about science, nature, archaeology, robotics, NASA, or the only public planetarium in Sacramento? The Discovery Museum is the place to go. Into medicine? Cars? Art? Local history? Tombstones? Historic houses/forts? California agriculture (or, even better, monster tractors)?  You get the idea. Sacramento Museum Day has it.

“We want people to know what’s in their own backyard,” explained Delta Mello, Membership and Community Relations Director for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation and organizer of the event. “It’s not meant to attract tourists. It’s meant to be a gift to the members of our community.”

The highly-anticipated event is free for 28 of the 30 museums spread throughout the Sacramento region, with the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town offering half-price admission. Newly participating this year is the Center for Sacramento History and the California Statewide Museum Collections Center–our city and State Park’s archive and/or display of historic artifacts and records, which Mello calls “warehouses of treasures–our treasures.”

While tempted to visit them all, it is advised to visit the few you’d really like to see and to be ready for crowds. Consider Museum Day a taste of what you will want to come back to fully experience later, Mello said.

“When it comes to culture and that kind of experience, we have it right here in the Sacramento area…You don’t have to go to San Francisco to get everything,” Mello added with a laugh.

The event runs from 10:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. with last visitors admitted at 4:00 p.m. It is coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, and is sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill, SMUD, FOX40, KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine and STAR 106.5 FM.

2014 Museums Participating:

Aerospace Museum of California
California Automobile Museum
The California Museum
California State Capitol Museum
California State Military Museum
California State Railroad Museum
California Statewide Museum Collections Center
Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento
Center for Sacramento History
Crocker Art Museum
Discovery Museum Science and Space Center
Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum
Fairytale Town (half-price)
Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park
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
Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)
Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)

For more information, visit www.sacmuseums.org.

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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, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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