The free museum day is just that: a day to enjoy free admission to the many museums in Sacramento and throughout the region. This year’s event is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and is sponsored by Umpqua Bank. Over 85,000 people participated in last year’s free Museum Day.
Museums are nonprofit and educational institutions that make a unique contribution to the community by interpreting and preserving the things of this world, according to the California Museum Association.
There is a museum for every taste and interest. There are art and natural history museums, science and technology centers, historical societies and museums, botanical gardens, zoos, children’s museums and much more.
“With an expanded and energized focus on the arts, culture and museum offerings in the Sacramento region, this is an exciting time to explore the rich experiences available at a wide variety of local museums,” said Paul Hammond, Sacramento Association of Museums chairman. “Sacramento Museum Day offers the perfect opportunity for everyone to visit a museum they haven’t been before – or return to an old favorite – to gain a new appreciation for or a fresh perspective about our region, our state, and our world.”
Event coordinators recommend planning ahead, and to limit the day to two or three different museums on the day of the event in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience. Free shuttles will operate throughout the day with stopping points located adjacent to many—but not all—participating museums. The California Museum, at 10th and O streets, serves as the central transfer point for shuttle routes in operation during Sacramento Museum Day. Volunteer “step-on” tour guides will be on-board to assist riders and narrate the route, courtesy of the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Participating museums this year include: Aerospace Museum of California , the California Automobile Museum , the California Foundry History Museum , the California State Military Museum, the California State Capitol Museum, The California Museum, the California State Indian Museum, the California State Railroad Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Discovery Museum Science and Space Center, the Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum, Fairytale Town, the Folsom History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park, the Heidrick Ag History Center in Woodland, the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park, the Museum of Medical History, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum, Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the Sacramento Zoo, the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery, the Sacramento History Museum, the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, the Wells Fargo History Museum on Capitol Mall and the Wells Fargo History Museum in Old Sacramento.
Detailed information about participating museums, suggested parking, public transit options, and free event shuttle routes is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.
Museums, in addition to being the stewards of our cultural and natural heritage, offer everyone the invaluable opportunity to refresh, relax, recharge and renew. As the old adage goes, “You’ve got to pour into yourself before you can pour yourself out for others.”