Sacramento Museum Day

An annual event taking place in February
  • Feb. 1, 2020

    Free Museum Day is a popular cultural tradition designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife, free of charge. Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation.

    And, to help easily and conveniently transport guests who wish to visit multiple museums in Sacramento’s urban core, Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) is offering free rides on all buses and light rail trains on Saturday, February 2 only with a printed SacRT Museum Day flyer (only one flyer needed per family or group). A screen shot of the flyer from a smartphone is also acceptable. To print or display the flyer, please visit www.sacrt.com. For more information specifically about SacRT park-and-ride stations and schedules, visit sacrt.com/services.

    On Free Museum Day, 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. Due to the popularity of Free 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.

    Participating Museums & Events for Free Museum Day & Week 2020

    Free Museum Day (2/1)

    • Saturday, 2/1 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) – 25+ local museums and popular destinations offer free admission along with some that will present special activities for guests; for more, visit www.sacmuseums.org/museumday


    Sacramento Museum Week (2/2 – 2/9)




    • Wednesday, 2/5 (7 to 9 p.m.) – Natural High: Hazards of Mount Everest lecture at the Museum of Medical History (registration required); for more, visit: www.ssvms.org/events/calendar.aspx



    • Thursday, 2/6 (5:30 to 8 p.m.) – silent film screening of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Kid, featuring a cameo by artist Granville Redmond who is the focus of the spring exhibition Granville Redmond: The Eloquent Palette at the Crocker Art Museum; for more, visit: www.crockerart.org/event/2328/2020-02-06



    •  Friday, 2/7 (10:30 to 11:30 a.m.) – pre-school Astrotots class at the Aerospace Museum of California; for more, visit: https://aerospaceca.org/events/;




    Local museums participating in the 2020 Free Museum Day include the following*: California Agriculture Museum – California Automobile Museum – California Museum  – California State Capitol Museum – California State Library – California State Railroad Museum – California Pharmacy Museum – Folsom History Museum & Pioneer Village – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Locke Boarding House Museum – Maidu Museum & Historic Site – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Powerhouse Science Center – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Regional Fire Museum (new this year!) – Sojourner Truth African American Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo Museum (Old Sacramento).

    Free Museum Day is a popular cultural tradition designed to provide all members of the community access to experience the region’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife. Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation.

    To help easily and conveniently transport guests who wish to visit multiple museums in Sacramento’s urban core, the Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is offering free rides on all buses and light rail trains on Saturday, February 1, 2020 for attendees traveling with a printed SacRT Museum Day flyer (only one flyer needed per family or group). A screen shot of the flyer from a smartphone is also acceptable. To print or display the flyer, please visit www.sacrt.com. For more information, specifically about SacRT’s free park-and-ride stations and schedules, visit www.sacrt.com/services. Also, for individuals who live outside the Sacramento region and want to participate in Free Museum Day, Amtrak San Joaquins are offering the Share Fare discount. Riders on February 1 can save up to 45 percent off tickets by using promo code V291; please visit https://amtraksanjoaquins.com/.

    On Free Museum Day, 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. Due to the popularity of Free 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 that last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.

    To extend the fun, a number of local restaurants and eateries will offer discounts and/or special deals for Free Museum Day participants who wear or show an “I Love Sac Museums” sticker available at the event.

    Free Museum Day & Sacramento Museum Week are proudly supported by active and engaged media partners including FOX40 & Studio40 Live, KSEG 96.9 FM, 106.5FM The End, Outword Media and Sacramento365.com. More detailed information about museums participating in Free Museum Day, addresses, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options, participating restaurants and Sacramento Museum Week special activities is available at www.sacmuseums.org/museumday.

    For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums, “like” them on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Instagram and Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the user-friendly website at www.SacMuseums.org.  Those interested can also sign up for emails to learn more about your Sacramento Area Museums via the website at www.sacmuseums.org.

    About Sacramento Area Museums (SAM)

    Comprised of 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with Visit Sacramento, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover the region’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.  For more information, visit www.SacMuseums.org.