I am so excited! Museum Day is coming! This is the day when Sacramento area museums open their doors for free (or at a discounted rate.) I’m all about visiting museums and I like doing it for free. Museum Day in Sacramento has been around for about 20 years, and year after year it just keeps getting better. My love affair with Museum Day goes back to the days when I was a single mom living in the Sacramento suburbs and raising 4 kids on my own. Museum Day meant that we could experience the Sacramento’s storehouses of art, history, science and wildlife at little or no cost.
Even these days, Museum Day is a great excuse to pile as many grandchildren as possible into my car and make a day of it visiting one or two of the magnificent Sacramento Museums for free. I try to take advantage of this opportunity each year. I read once that Americans only spend 5% of their lives in school learning. Nowadays the rest of that time is spent on video games, TV, and texting. A visit to an museum is a great opportunity to get out and learn something new.
I’ve got some great memories of Museum Day experiences over the years. When my granddaughter, Elyza, was thirteen we went to the Crocker Art Gallery. She listened enraptured on the docent’s highlight tour. She made keen observations of the paintings and asked insightful questions. Now at sixteen she loves art. She often carries a sketch pad and she tells me she wants to study art in college and become an artist.
This year there are about twenty-six participating museums. The annual date is always on the first or second Saturday of February and this year the date is February 4th. Many museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Some of my favorites are:
For information on some of the exhibits and special activities planned check HERE.
Sacramento Museum Day tends to be very popular and the word of the day will be CROWDS. Trying to park and see a long list of museums will be difficult and less than enjoyable. My advice from years of experience is to pick one or two museums and go for a full experience there. To receive free admission to a museum, all you have to do is arrive at a participating location, but come early – most destinations draw quite a crowd on this special day.
There are over 30 museums in Sacramento that have amazing collections of history, art, and kid-friendly fun. Check out Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park, Crocker Art Museum, California State Capitol Museum, or the Aerospace Museum of California.