Arts & Culture

25 Museums to Participate in Free Museum Day on February 2

Traci Rockefeller Cusack

With 25 museums participating by offering complimentary admission, the 21st Annual Free Museum Day takes place on Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New this year, the popular day is also the kick-off to Sacramento Museum Week (February 2-8, 2019) filled with special events, activities and activations at various museums. While admission is complimentary to everyone on Free Museum Day only, regular admission applies at all museums during Sacramento Museum Week. Coordinated by Sacramento Area Museums (SAM) with the support of Visit Sacramento, Free Museum Day and Sacramento Museum Week in 2019 are proudly presented by Sutter Health and sponsored by California Family Fitness.

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.

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 For more information specifically about SacRT park-and-ride stations and schedules, visit

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. Plus, nearly 20 local restaurants are extending special discounts on that day to those who attend Free Museum Day and wear a sticker they receive at any of the participating museums (or displaying it on their smartphones).

More detailed information about participating museums, addresses, limitations, suggested parking, public transit options and restaurant discounts is available at (click on “News & Events”).

Participating Museums for Free Museum Day

-Aerospace Museum of California

-California Agriculture Museum

-California Automobile Museum

-California Museum

-California State Capitol Museum

-California State Library

-California State Railroad Museum

-Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum

-Folsom History Museum

-Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

-Locke Boarding House Museum

-Maidu Museum & Historic Site

-SSVMS 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

-Sojourner Truth African American Museum

-State Indian Museum

-Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

-Verge Center for the Arts

-Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall)

-Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento)



All photos courtesy of Sacramento Area Museums