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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.

Sunny days ahead for the California Automobile Museum

Sunny days ahead for the California Automobile Museum

The California Auto Museum has successfully completed the purchase of its building and surrounding property from the City of Sacramento, achieving a long-held dream of Museum management and enthusiasts. Located at 2200 Front Street in Sacramento’s emerging waterfront district, the Museum also announced it has reached the ambitious goal of raising $750,000 from friends and supporters to replace the badly leaking roof. Construction on the roof replacement will begin this week.

“These two events mark what may be the two most significant achievements in the California Automobile Museum’s 30-year history,” said Tupper Hull, President of the Board of Directors of the California Vehicle Foundation (which operates the Museum). “We are deeply appreciative of the support we have received from the City of Sacramento, involved community members and museum enthusiasts in helping to make these two momentous events possible.”

Midtown Sacramento offers sensational summertime artwork & more for 2nd Saturday on July 8

Midtown Sacramento offers sensational summertime artwork & more for 2nd Saturday on July 8

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, July 8, 2017, a sampling of the offerings presented by Midtown galleries and businesses include the following:

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: War in California” on June 17

Sutter’s Fort to present “Hands on History: War in California” on June 17

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: War in California” event on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

History Museum to debut secret history exhibit as artist embarks on new journey on the Sacramento

History Museum to debut secret history exhibit as artist embarks on new journey on the Sacramento

The Sacramento History Museum is proud to present a compelling new exhibit titled A Secret History of American River People opening on Saturday, July 1, 2017. The special art and history project is part of a larger effort that spans many years, covers multiple rivers and is designed to encourage an awareness of issues facing current river communities, detail the long history of people who have lived and worked on and adjacent to the river, and highlight basic river ecology. Guests to the History Museum will have the opportunity to see photos, view artifacts and read narratives that showcase the past river travels of Santa Cruz Artist Wes Modes on his homemade houseboat or “rustic recreated 1940s shantyboat” as he meticulously documented the people he met along the way. In addition to the visual and narrative components of the exhibit, museum guests will be able to interact with the exhibit by sharing personal river stories on special cards provided.