SACRAMENTO — A record 30 Sacramento area museums will offer free or half-priced admission all day on Saturday, Feb. 2 during the 15th annual Sacramento Museum Day.
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Twenty-eight of the 30 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 control and security costs.
With assistance provided by the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, this hugely popular community event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and is proudly supported by Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Sacramento Museum Day event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the last guests admitted at 4 p.m.).
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.
“We are thrilled to celebrate 15 years of this incredibly popular community event,” said Sacramento Association of Museums chairwoman Roxanne Yonn. “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. We are especially pleased that Chipotle Mexican Grill has joined Umpqua Bank as a title sponsor this year as the support of generous corporate sponsors help to make Sacramento Museum Day such an overwhelming success.”
While admission is free at 28 of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows: 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 for everyone and free for children ages 1 and under.
Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. More detailed information about participating museums, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau at 916-808-7777.
Sacramento Museum Day 2013 is proudly supported by active and engaged community partners. In addition to title sponsors Umpqua Bank and Chipotle Mexican Grill, other sponsors include FOX40, KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine, Regional Transit, the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau and STAR 106.5 FM.
Participating museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2013: Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Foundry History Museum, California State Military Museum, California State Capitol Museum, The California Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Center for Contemporary Art, Crocker Art Museum, Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, Don and June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum, Fairytale Town, Folsom History Museum, Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland), Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, Maidu Museum and Historic Site, Museum of Medical History, Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, Roseville Utility Exploration Center, Sacramento Children’s Museum, Sacramento Zoo, Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento History Museum, Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum, State Indian Museum, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) and Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento).
Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures.
SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions, and by conducting Sacramento Museum Day each year.