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Six local museums to offer free admission to Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!”

Six local museums to offer free admission to Smithsonian Magazine’s “Museum Day Live!”

Six Sacramento area museums are joining the Smithsonian magazine “Museum Day Live!” nationwide effort by offering free admission to advance registrants all day on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The six participating local museums include the following:  Aerospace Museum of California, California Automobile Museum, California Museum, California State Railroad Museum, Maidu Museum & Historic Site and SSVMS Museum of Medical History*.  The mission of the annual effort is to provide an opportunity for consumers throughout the United States to enjoy and share in our dynamic heritage and cultural institutions for free. New this year – and of special interest to educators -- Museum Day Live! will feature special interactive lesson plans created by Smithsonian in partnership with Microsoft using Minecraft: Education Edition.

More exciting preservation efforts underway soon at Sutter’s Fort, this time on the interior walls

More exciting preservation efforts underway soon at Sutter’s Fort, this time on the interior walls

After the completion of a number of exciting restoration and rehabilitation projects at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) in recent years – including of the iconic exterior walls and gates, seismic stabilization of the Central Building, upgrades to the pathways, exterior lighting of the interior courtyards, and renovation of the blacksmith shop – California State Parks and nonprofit partner Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to announce even more preservation efforts will resume in September, this time on the Fort’s interior walls. This latest rehabilitation project will total approximately $115,000, which has been funded by the Friends of Sutter’s Fort and their generous donors.

Always eclectic, Midtown offers outdoors-inspired artwork & more during 2nd Saturday on 9/9

Always eclectic, Midtown offers outdoors-inspired artwork & more during 2nd Saturday on 9/9

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, participating in hands-on activities, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more.  On Saturday, September 9, 2017, a sampling of the offerings presented by Midtown galleries and businesses include the following:

Winners of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Winners of the MTV Video Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Forum in Inglewood, California... Read More

Local museums offer special aerograms & activities that extend classroom learning

Local museums offer special aerograms & activities that  extend classroom learning

Imagine. Explore. Discover. In addition to its fascinating Gold Rush past, the Sacramento area is rich with an amazing array of state-of-the-art museums and historic sites that offer visitors the chance to explore California’s fine art, history, science, and wildlife treasures all year long. With summer nearing its end and a new school year beginning, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Area Museums (SAM) offer special programs and activities that stimulate problem solving abilities and help add context to what is learned in the classroom.

While virtually every museum and destination offers elements that extend hands-on learning, a sampling of some of the special educational offerings (many of which must be scheduled in advance) includes the following:

From comics to clothing, midtown offers exciting & eclectic 2nd Saturday activities on August 12

From comics to clothing, midtown offers exciting & eclectic 2nd Saturday activities on August 12

A center for culture, creativity and vibrancy, Midtown Sacramento is an exciting 2nd Saturday Art Walk destination where local art galleries and other participating businesses collaborate to host a popular evening open house each month. Midtown guests will enjoy viewing art exhibits, participating in hands-on activities, meeting local artists, sampling food and wine, listening to live music and more.  On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a sampling of the offerings presented by Midtown galleries and businesses include the following:

Iconic Railroad Museum mural revitalization part of Wide Open Walls Festival

Iconic Railroad Museum mural revitalization part of Wide Open Walls Festival

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum & Foundation are excited to announce a significant revitalization of the iconic and freeway-facing mural will be part of the 2017 Wide Open Walls mural festival happening August 10-20, 2017. The large-scale 25’ tall X 21’ wide mural is secured on the side of the California State Railroad Museum building and is clearly visible by drivers on the heavily traveled I-5 freeway.