Free Museum Day comes to Sacramento on Saturday

The California State Railroad Museum tells the history of the state’s early steam-driven trains.
(Sacramento Area Museums)

Free Museum Day in Sacramento on Saturday offers a chance for visitors to sample new places to experience history, art, wildlife and culture. You can see vintage steam engines at the California State Railroad Museum, the one-time mansion of rail tycoon Leland Stanford, and handmade grass and reed baskets at the State Indian Museum next to Sutter’s Fort.

Go a little farther afield to explore the Maidu Museum in nearby Roseville, which features indoor displays about the Nisenan Maidu tribe and outdoor trails where you’ll find ancient petroglyphs and native plants..

In all, 25 museums in the state capital area will be free Saturday. Other participating sites include the Sacramento Children’s Museum and the California Automobile Museum.

Plan on visiting two or three museums on the free day to get the most out of each location. Also, you can take buses and light rail for free Saturday as long as you display a Museum Day flier (which you can download here).


Find more information and a list of all participating museums at Sacramento Area Museums.

Los Angeles and Orange County museums also will offer free admission on single days (Saturday or Sunday) or both days this weekend.

Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge (go to to get a free ticket), the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in mid-Wilshire (free tickets at and the Autry Museum of the American West in Griffith Park will offer free entry Saturday.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, the Museum of Tolerance and the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana are free Sunday only.

Check out the list of participating museums and which days they are admission-free at SoCal Museums.