Sacramento Museum Day on 2/6: Free Admission for All!

By Ashley Robinson

Date/Time: Saturday, February 6th, 10am to 5pm (Last admission is 4pm).  More info online: http://www.sacmuseums.org.

Did you know there are over 25 members of the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM)?  Sacramento is a virtual playground of historical sites, cultural centers, and learning facilities for people of all ages and interests.  Living in Sacramento, you have probably been to about three of them: the Crocker Art Museum, the Railroad Museum, and The California Museum (you better have been there, I work there!!).  You most likely have fought through the crowds of Old Sacramento, but you probably didn’t know it is actually a network of museums.

Have you actually wandered through Sutter’s Fort (as an adult, not as a fourth-grader)? Have you visited the Sacramento Zoo? Governor’s Mansion? Aerospace Museum?  Museum of Medical History? Sacramento Historic City Cemetery? Sacramento History Museum? Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum? California Automobile Museum? The State Indian Museum? Leland Stanford Mansion?

No? Didn’t think so.

Well, here is your chance! For the past eleven years, SAM has sponsored a free admission day to everyone the first Saturday of February. This year’s event is on the 6th, and having worked it last year, I can attest this event is HUGE. We had over 4,000 people through The California Museum doors … but don’t let that daunt you. Some places will be more crowded than others, yes. (Last year, the Zoo had to close their doors a little early because the demand was so high!) But that’s why on free admission days it’s a great chance to discover hidden gems.

The California Museum, located at 10th and O streets, serves as the hub for free shuttles taking families several different routes to various locations throughout the area. Parking is free at the Museum, so hopping on the shuttle is the easiest way to get around without looking for parking spots, feeding meters and getting lost.

Looking for a less structured day? Just pick out two or three places you would like to visit, or a place you hadn’t heard of and just stop by. It’s nice not to have to pay admission; therefore there are no obligations to spend much time at a location, just an open house, so to speak.

A lot of places will also have events going on to highlight their content, which is fun for all ages.

Check out the SAM website: http://www.sacmuseums.org/ and you can find locations, websites, etc.

If you are like me and you get frustrated that you don’t take more advantage of all the cultural offerings here in Sacramento, take advantage of Museum Day and discover something new. You won’t regret it.

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