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Menagerie Pop-Up Art Show

Menagerie Pop-Up Art Show

By Brianna Nathan

Do you remember the last time you went to an art show that incorporated musical acts, visual arts, and interpretive dance? That’s exactly what I saw last week, at Menagerie.’s pop-up art show at District 30. The space was transformed by the 20-plus participating artists, who each presented a unique point of view.

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Railroad Museum to Debut Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition “Journey Stories” on 6/21!

Railroad Museum to Debut Traveling Smithsonian Exhibition “Journey Stories” on 6/21!

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to be the first institution in California to debut a Smithsonian traveling exhibition titled “Journey Stories” on June 21, 2014.  With the use of compelling photographs, visual display panels, narrative text and more, the “Journey Stories” exhibition highlights how transportation and migration helped build the United States, how it has changed us as a nation, and how our mobile world looked to travelers along the way. The exhibition also demonstrates our collective personal heritage and how everyone has an interesting story to tell.   

Railroad Museum to Showcase Award-Winning Photographs from Around the World

Railroad Museum to Showcase Award-Winning Photographs from Around the World

As part of a special exhibition officially debuting on Thursday, June 5, 2014, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2013 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program.  Nearly 100 photographers from all over the world submitted entries for this 11th annual competition, which resulted in a diverse and visually compelling collection of rail-related photographs.

Sacramento Museums Celebrate Summer With Special Evening Events & Activities in June!

Sacramento Museums Celebrate Summer With Special Evening Events & Activities in June!

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.  In June, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are showcasing special evening events, a few of which include the following:

Thursday Night at the Museums at the Railroad Museum & History Museum -- through August 28

History Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer!

History Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Personnel and Their Families This Summer!

The Sacramento History Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. 

“We are proud to participate in the growing and nationally recognized Blue Star Museums program this summer that helps to enrich the lives of our valued service members and their families,” said Historic Old Sacramento Foundation Deputy Director Kristina Swanson. “We are happy to provide an opportunity to help these dedicated families further connect with the community and enjoy our national treasures.  It is our way of giving back to those who sacrifice so much.”

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit During Sacramento Music Festival!

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit During Sacramento Music Festival!

Coinciding with the 41st Annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and aboard popular weekend excursion train rides.  In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

Inside the Museum, visitors will be treated to entertaining jazz musicians in the Roundhouse throughout the holiday weekend.  And, guests who choose to take a lovely six-mile, 45-minute round trip excursion train ride along the levees of the Sacramento River will also be entertained on board by talented banjo performers from the Sacramento Banjo Band.

Sutter's Fort "Hands on History" Event this Saturday!

Sutter's Fort "Hands on History" Event this Saturday!
Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) is proud to present a special “Hands on History: Sutter’s Fort in 1846 - A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.