Take in the city’s treasures

Illustration by Brian Breneman

With each passing day of the Trump administration, a lot of Californians are crushing ever harder on their state, what with Gov. Jerry Brown basically pledging to lead the resistance in his address last week. Amid all this uncertainty, the 19th annual Sacramento Museum Day arrives right in time on Saturday, February 4, with an opportunity to take a day to appreciate all that is Californian. Twenty-six venues are participating and offering free or half-price admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a full list of participating museums, visit http://sacmuseums.org/news-events/museum-day. Here are a few highlights:

The California Museum (1020 O Street) takes up the theme of our state’s rich history of immigration with a selfie photo booth where you can pledge to become a “unity activist.” Your picture could be featured in the forthcoming Unity Center, which will celebrate California’s diverse cultures and customs starting this summer. Admission is free; call (916) 653-7524 or visit www.californiamuseum.org. Over at the California Agriculture Museum in Woodland (1962 Hays Lane), the “Golden Landscapes” photography exhibit by Carson Jefferies is opening; for more info, call (530) 666-9700 or visit www.californiaagmuseum.org.

If you’ve got little ones in tow, take them to pan for gold at the Sacramento History Museum (101 I Street, (916) 808-7059, http://sachistorymuseum.org); to the Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum (1200 Front Street, (916) 483-8818, www.oldsacschoolhouse.org) to celebrate the anniversary of the city’s first public school that was founded in February of 1854; or the Maidu Museum & Historic Site (1960 Johnson Ranch Drive in Roseville, (916) 774-5934), where kids can learn to grind acorns and make beaded jewelry. Admission to the Sacramento Zoo (3930 West Land Park Drive, (916) 808-5888, www.saczoo.org) is half-price, as is admission to Fairytale Town (3901 Land Park Drive, (916) 808-7462, www.fairytaletown.org).