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Sacramento Area Museums Offer Plenty of Summertime Must-See & Must-Do Experiences

Body Moves image courtesy of SMUD Museum of Science & Curiosity

The Greater Sacramento region is rich with museums and popular destinations that offer plenty of must-see and must-do experiences to explore during the long and lazy days of summertime. The community is encouraged to show support for local museums by making plans to visit favorite locations (or discovering new ones).

A sampling of must-see and must-do experiences and special activations offered by local museums this summer include the following:

  • Aerospace Museum of California – Due to popular demand, the museum’s Math Alive! exhibit has been extended to Labor Day (September 2) with games, music, fashion, robotics, movie making, and more. Museum visitors have the opportunity to ride in a live-action snowboard race, control a Mars rover, record a weather telecast, design a video game, or try out systems engineering for a city. For details, visit www.aerospaceca.org.
  • California Museum – The community is invited to join the California Museum on Saturday, June 15 from 12 to 3 p.m. for a celebration of California guitar history and culture in honor of their newest exhibit, “America at the Crossroads: The Guitar and a Changing Nation.” Visitors are encouraged to bring dads, grads or music lovers and relax into Father’s Day weekend with live music, beer, guitar-themed crafts, docent-led tours of the exhibit and a guitar-making demonstration by Santa Cruz Guitar Company. In celebration of Father’s Day, the Museum is offering $5 reduced admission for guests 13+ and free admission for California Museum members and kids 12 and under. Details and tickets are available at MeetingoftheMusic.eventbrite.com
  • California State Railroad Museum & Foundation – Always a summertime favorite experience, the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are proud to offer the only train ride experience behind an authentic, historic locomotive in the Sacramento region.  Weekend excursion train ride guests delight in the sights, smells, and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute roundtrip excursion. Appealing to all ages, the experience offers guests the chance to enjoy train travel from an earlier era. For more details and/or to book a train ride, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.
  • Crocker Art Museum – The community is invited to celebrate local hometown heroine Greta Gerwig with “Movies Off the Wall,” the Crocker’s summer film series screened in the outdoor courtyard against the Teel Family Pavilion’s iconic architecture. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to grab a seat and a bite to eat from Majka at the Crocker while grooving to film-inspired DJ sets. Then, attendees can sit back and relax under the stars for iconic films screened at larger-than-life scale. Films start at sundown and include Barbie on Thursday, June 20, Frances Ha on Thursday, July 18 and Lady Bird on Thursday, August 15. For more details, visit www.CrockerArt.org/events.
  • Fairytale Town — Shakespeare’s popular fairy-themed comedic play comes to life at Fairytale Town, along with all-you-can-eat Crystal ice cream on June 22. The community is encouraged to come dressed in renaissance or fairy-themed costumes in preparation for a magical midsummer’s eve featuring multiple ice cream tasting stations, live entertainment, hands-on activities, an enchanted marketplace and more. For details and tickets, please visit www.fairytaletown.org/calendar/midsummer-crystal-ice-cream/.
  • Museum of Medical History – Filled with medical artifacts and curiosities (such as a working iron lung!) that demonstrate the evolution of the health care industry and how quickly advances in medicine have taken place, the Museum of Medical History will be open on Second Saturdays in July and August from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free for all visitors, more information is available at https://museumofmedicalhistory.org/.
  • Sacramento History Museum – Debuting August 9, the museum is proud to present a limited-time exhibition titled “America’s Monsters, Superheroes and Villains: Our Culture at Play” from SuperMonsterCity. The engaging exhibition will be filled with 400+ vintage and original toys, comic books, games, posters, packaging, TV commercials, movie trailers and more.  For details, visit www.SacHistoryMuseum.org.
  • SMUD Museum of Science & Curiosity (MOSAC) –– Just in time for the start of summer, the museum is excited to present a new exhibition, Health Connections presented by UC Davis Health. Health Connections showcases a variety of hands-on interactive activities that engage guests of all ages in many aspects of health, from the wonders of the latest medical discoveries happening in our community to topics ranging from muscles to mindfulness. Health Connections is the first exhibition at the museum to be featured in English and Spanish. For more details, visit www.visitmosac.org.

For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at www.SacMuseums.org.

About the author

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

Traci Rockefeller Cusack has 25+ years of media and public relations experience.  Her work experience includes News10 (ABC) as Promotion Manager from 1989-1998 (where she developed and launched “Coats for Kids’ Sake,” a winter coat drive that lasted 20+ years plus coordinated Oprah Winfrey’s first ever visit to Sacramento) and Fleishman-Hillard as Vice President from 1998-2005 (where she led the wildly successful statewide “California Grown” program and also produced the five-minute video that played on the Jumbotron on Opening Day at Pac Bell Park). In 2007, she launched T-Rock Communications and currently handles a wide range of marketing activities for a number of top-notch organizations.

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