FAQ Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I need a special ticket to get in to Sacramento Museum Day?

A: No, simply show up at participating museums between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and you will be admitted. Please be advised that some museums may experience overcrowding this day, and there may be a wait. See Event Hours and Helpful Tips or additional information and suggestions regarding how to avoid the crowds.

Q: What are the event hours?

A: Participating museums will admit guests from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Sacramento Museum Day, with all museums closing at 5 p.m.

Q: Are all museums free?

A: Only those members of the Sacramento Association of Museums participate in Museum Day. Of those 30 museums, all are free except for the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town which will offer half-priced admissions. Click on Participating Museums for a list of Museum Day museums.

Q: Where should I park my car?

A: See Parking Suggestions for some ideas. In general we suggest that you NOT try to park anywhere in the vicinity of the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town this day (the Land Park area gets very, very crowded if the weather is nice), and the same thing applies for parking in Old Sacramento, which will be packed with automobiles, rain or shine. Two parking lots in the vicinity of The California Museum will be open free of charge this day. Finally, consider not driving at all—but rather, taking Light Rail (regular RT fares apply) to the Archives Plaza station, located at The California Museum and within walking distance of some museums. Or, continue on light rail to the Sacramento Valley Station, just a short walk from Old Sacramento and its many museums!

Q: How long does it take to visit each museum?

A: Because of the high number of guests on Museum Day, some museums may have long lines and delays to get in, as well as crowded exhibits. We suggest you plan to visit only one or two museums that day and for a richer experience, choose museums that are less well known.

Q: What museums do you recommend for children?

A: We recommend that you think about the ages and interests of your children, then take a look through the Participating Museums section. There are so many museums and activities to choose from that we suggest you put together a list that suits your family’s specific interests.