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All Aboard…Steam Train Rides Return to the Sacramento Southern Railroad on 4/11!

All Aboard…Steam Train Rides Return to the  Sacramento Southern Railroad on 4/11!

Soon after the opening weekend of the 32nd consecutive season of excursion train rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad on Easter weekend (April 4 & 5, 2015), California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are pleased to announce vintage steam locomotive Granite Rock No. 10 will return to service on April 11, 2015.  First introduced in May 1997 by the California State Railroad Museum, Granite Rock No. 10 was taken out of service in 2011 for extensive boiler repairs during which time diesel locomotives pulled the excursion trains. Granite Rock No. 10 is an oil-fired steam engine built by the H.K. Porter Co. for the U.S. Army in 1942.

New Season of Weekend Train Rides & Underground Tours in Old Sac Starts 4/4!

New Season of Weekend Train Rides & Underground Tours in Old Sac Starts 4/4!

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River?  Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style.  Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on April 4 & 5, 2015, with each program offering fun new twists to experience this season.    

Weekend Excursion Train Rides

March is Museum Membership Month

March is Museum Membership Month


Did you know that there are more than 30 museums in Sacramento! Many organizations, including the Sacramento Zoo, are members of the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM). Area museums include everything from fine art and culture to native, exotic and endangered wildlife.  

Being a part of SAM affords the Zoo opportunities to be involved with partner organizations in the community, utilize the resources that other museums offer and bring events like Museum Day to the Zoo. This month, on the heels of a successful Sacramento Museum Day, SAM has identified March 2015 as Museum Membership Month!  The benefits of museum membership often extend well beyond a financial savings and include exclusive experiences only available to members.  Plus, there’s something for everyone as the thriving Sacramento museum community offers memberships at virtually every museum and/or destination... Read More

March is Museum Membership Month!

March is Museum Membership Month!

On the heels of another successful Sacramento Museum Day, the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) has identified March 2015 as Museum Membership Month!  The benefits of museum membership often extend well beyond a financial savings and include exclusive experiences only available to members.  Plus, there’s something for everyone as the thriving Sacramento museum community offers memberships at virtually every museum and/or destination -- from fine art and culture to native, exotic and endangered wildlife.  

To highlight Museum Membership Month in March, many of the 30 museums are offering special incentives and discounts for enthusiasts who choose to become members of their favorite museums and destinations.  A few limited-time offers include the following:

•   Aerospace Museum of California -- 25 percent off new Family memberships during March;

Special Premiere Film Night for The Sacramento Picture! on 3/25

Special Premiere Film Night for The Sacramento Picture! on 3/25

The Center for Sacramento History (CSH), in association with the Sacramento History Alliance (SHA), will premiere the film The Sacramento Picture! on Wednesday evening, March 25, 2015, at 7 p.m.   Hosted by Matías Bombal, the special event will take place at the Setzer Auditorium (216 O Street) in the Crocker Art Museum.  Advance tickets are $15 each and only available online at www.centerforsacramentohistory.org.  With limited seating available, Premiere Film Night tickets are expected to sell out quickly.  Please note that admission is to the film only, not to the Crocker Art Museum. 

Rock and Radio Remembered: Gallery 1075 Exhibit

Rock and Radio Remembered: Gallery 1075 Exhibit

The region’s rock history is honored with a Community Center Gallery 1075 exhibit, titled “Rock and Radio Remembered,” now thru the end of February. The exhibit, sponsored by West Side Presents and the Community Center, features memorabilia from the Sacramento Rock and Radio Museum.

Gallery 1075 is located in the Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Ave. The curator of the exhibit is local radio historian Dennis Newhall... Read More

Railroad Museum to Debut New Exhibit “Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State” on 2/27

Railroad Museum to Debut New Exhibit  “Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State” on 2/27

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will debut a new exhibit titled “Two Glorious Expositions, One Golden State: Celebrating the Panama Canal in 1915” on Friday, February 27, 2015.  The exhibit highlights California’s two large-scale celebrations commemorating the completion of the Panama Canal in 1915 – the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco and the Panama-California Exposition in San Diego.   The exhibit will feature historic photographs of structures, people and artwork (some presented in a 3-D view), artifacts including a scale steam locomotive, and related promotional items such as travel brochures, tickets, postcards and magazines.  The exhibit will be located in the Railroad Museum lobby, adjacent to 19-inch gauge Overfair Railway locomotive No. 1915, constructed for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition and today a permanent part of the Railroad Museum’s prized collection.