Coordinated by Sacramento Area Museums (SAM), 25+ museums are participating in Free Museum Day this Saturday, February 1, by offering complimentary admission. The popular day is also the kick-off to Sacramento Museum Week (February 2-9, 2020) filled with special events, activities and activations at various museums.
While admission is complimentary to everyone on Free Museum Day only (at participating museums), regular admission applies at all museums during Sacramento Museum Week. Also, some museums not able to participate in Free Museum Day by offering free admission may be participating with special activities during Sacramento Museum Week, a sampling of which follows.
Free Museum Day (2/1)
· Saturday, 2/1 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – 25+ local museums and popular destinations offer free admission along with some that will present special activities for guests; for more, visitwww.sacmuseums.org/museumday
Sacramento Museum Week (2/2 – 2/9)
- Sunday, 2/2 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – opening day for a new exhibition American Expressions/African Rootsat the Crocker Art Museum; for more, visit: www.crockerart.org/exhibitions/american-expressionsafrican-roots
- Monday, 2/3 (11 to 11:30 a.m.) – the California State Railroad Museum presents anAll Aboard for Story Timechildren’s reading activity; for more, visit: www.californiarailroad.museum/education/kids-corner
- Tuesday, 2/4 (6:30 to 8:30 p.m.) –Look & Learn30-minute exploration of a single artwork, led by experienced docents; for more, visit:www.crockerart.org/event/2316/2020-02-04
- Wednesday, 2/5 (7 to 9 p.m.) –Natural High: Hazards of Mount Everestlecture at the Museum of Medical History (registration required); for more, visit:www.ssvms.org/events/calendar.aspx
- Thursday, 2/6 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) – silent film screening of Charlie Chaplin’s filmThe Kid,featuring a cameo by artist Granville Redmond who is the focus of the spring exhibition Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Paletteat the Crocker Art Museum; for more, visit:www.crockerart.org/event/2328/2020-02-06
- Friday, 2/7 (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) – pre-schoolAstrototsclass at the Aerospace Museum of California; for more, visit:https://aerospaceca.org/events/;
- Saturday, 2/8 (10 a.m.) – guided free Public Tour through the Maidu Museum & Historic Site, focusing on the outside trail; for more, visit: www.roseville.ca.us/government/departments/library/maidu_museum_historic_site
- Sunday, 2/9 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) –I Heart Sacramento Zoo special Valentine’s event; for more, visit:www.saczoo.org/visit/event-calendar/heart-sacramento-zoo/
Local museums participating in the 2020 Free Museum Day include the following*: California Agriculture Museum – California Automobile Museum – California Museum – California State Capitol Museum – California State Library – California State Railroad Museum – California Pharmacy Museum – Folsom History Museum & Pioneer Village – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Locke Boarding House Museum – Maidu Museum & Historic Site – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Powerhouse Science Center – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Regional Fire Museum(new this year!)– Sojourner Truth African American Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo Museum (Old Sacramento).
Free Museum Day is a popular cultural tradition designed to provide all members of the community access to experience the region’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife. Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation.
To help easily and conveniently transport guests who wish to visit multiple museums in Sacramento’s urban core, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is offering free rides on all buses and light rail trains on Saturday, February 1, 2020 for attendees traveling with a printed SacRT Museum Day flyer (only one flyer needed per family or group). A screen shot of the flyer from a smartphone is also acceptable. To print or display the flyer, please visitwww.sacrt.com. For more information, specifically about SacRT’s free park-and-ride stations and schedules, visitwww.sacrt.com/services. Also, for individuals who live outside the Sacramento region and want to participate in Free Museum Day, Amtrak San Joaquins are offering the Share Fare discount. Riders on February 1 can save up to 45 percent off tickets by using promo code V291; please visithttps://amtraksanjoaquins.com/.
On Free Museum Day, 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. Due to the popularity of Free Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons. The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but note that last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.
To extend the fun, a number of local restaurants and eateries will offer discounts and/or special deals for Free Museum Day participants who wear or show an “I Love Sac Museums” sticker available at the event.
For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook atwww.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website atwww.SacMuseums.org. Those interested can also sign up for emails to learn more about your Sacramento Area Museums via the website atwww.sacmuseums.org.