Museum Day FREE or Half-Priced Admissions All Day

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16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day Returns February 1
with Free or Half-Priced Admission to 30 Sites!

Imagine. Explore. Discover.

To the delight of the greater Sacramento area community, thirty local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014, during the 16th Annual Sacramento Museum Day! Two museums have recently joined the association and community-wide event, including the California Statewide Museum Collections Center (located at 4940 Lang Avenue in McClellan) and the Center For Sacramento History (located at 551 Sequoia Pacific Blvd. in Sacramento).  During the highly anticipated event, 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 hugely popular event is proudly presented by Chipotle Mexican Grill and SMUD.

Sacramento Museum Day, a popular Sacramento cultural tradition, is designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife — at little or no cost.  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.

In addition to offering free or reduced cost admission, 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.  As a special treat on Sacramento Museum Day, the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum in Old Sacramento plans to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Sacramento’s first public school with special festivities that include serving cake and punch to visitors.

“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. “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 and SMUD has joined on as well.  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.

Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, 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.

Sacramento Museum Day 2014 is proudly supported by active and engaged community partners.  In addition to the title sponsors Chipotle Mexican Grill and SMUD, other sponsors include FOX40, KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Magazine and STAR 106.5 FM.


About the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM)

Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions, and by conducting Sacramento Museum Day each year.


Media Contacts: Traci Rockefeller Cusack at 916-213-4373, Delta Mello at 916-322-7112 or Roy Kinji at 916-808-5150.

Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2014