Sac museums offer special day

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To the delight of the greater Sacramento area community, 30 local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 during the 16th annual Sacramento Museum Day.

Two museums have recently joined the association and community-wide event, including the California Statewide Museum Collections Center and the Center for Sacramento History.

During the highly anticipated event, 28 of the 30 museums will offer free admission and the two destinations located in residential areas — the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town — will offer half-priced admission to offset parking control and security costs.

Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, this hugely popular event is proudly presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill.

Sacramento Museum Day, a popular Sacramento cultural tradition, is 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, some of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day.

For instance, the Aerospace Museum will offer an “open cockpit” day where most aircraft will be open for viewing (weather permitting), a children’s art contest and on-site exhibitors such as the Tuskegee Airmen.

Some of today’s big monster tractors will hit the road to make a special trip to be on display at the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland.

“We are very excited to continue this popular annual tradition and we are proud to welcome two new museums to the event this year,” said Sacramento Association of Museums chairwoman Kristina Swanson. “With each passing year, more and more community members are introduced to the amazing array of arts, culture and museum offerings available in the Sacramento region. And, we are especially pleased that Chipotle Mexican Grill has continued as a title sponsor. The support of generous corporate sponsors is invaluable and helps to make Sacramento Museum Day possible each year.”

While admission is free at 28 of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to the Sacramento Zoo is $5.75 for adults, $3.75 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under 2. Fairytale Town is $2.50 per person and free for children ages 1 and under.

Sacramento Museum Day 2014 is proudly supported by active and engaged community partners. In addition to the title sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill, other sponsors include KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine and STAR 106.5 FM.

Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2014 include: 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 and June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum; Fairytale Town; Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park; Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland; Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park; Maidu Museum and Historic Site in 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; Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum; State Indian Museum; Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park; Wells Fargo History Museum in Capitol Mall and the Wells Fargo History Museum in  Old Sacramento.

Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. but note the last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.

More detailed information about participating museums, addresses, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at, or by calling the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau at 916-808-7777.

Sacramento Association Of Museums

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