FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 1, 2014 —
Thirty Sacramento-area museums will offer either free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, to celebrate the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day.
28 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. Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, this event is also sponsored by Chipotle Mexican Grill.
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.
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. And, 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 Chair Kristina Swanson in a press release. “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 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 two; Fairytale Town is $2.50 per person and free for children ages one and under.
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 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 www.sacmuseums.org (click on “Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.
Here’s a list of participating museums:
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 & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town – Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park – Heidrick Ag History Center (Woodland) – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (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 (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)
In addition to the title sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill, other sponsors include KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine and STAR 106.5 FM.
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