In the heart of Midtown Sacramento, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park captures the pioneer spirit of families arriving in wagon trains at the dawn of the California Gold Rush. John Sutter built the Fort and his agricultural empire, was critical in the rescue of the tragic Donner Party and served as a diplomat with the Mexican government until it all came crashing down in 1848. A fascinating place to visit for history field trips, kids and adults!

Events

01/16: HOH -Trappers, Trades & Treaties

01/16/16: Hands on History - Trappers, Trades & Treaties 

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present an interactive and fun “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties” event on Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.   

Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls and gates plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to learn why trappers were considered “jacks of many trades” and experience how they lived, worked, explored new territory and traded with local Native Americans. Fort visitors will see, handle, and hear about many items that were commonplace in the middle of the 19th century but seem strange now. Guests will also learn about many fascinating aspects in the life of a trapper, see examples of game traps and how they work, plus learn about the important “barter process” Sutter used to hunt and trap on Native lands.  Fort visitors will also have the opportunity to examine fur pelts, create souvenir documents with a quill pen and oak gall ink, string trade beads and watch how flint and steel can be used to start a fire.  As a special treat, Fort guests will also see how the kitchen at a Trapper’s Camp was set-up, how they cooked, and sample beef jerky dried over an open fire.  And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.  

Admission costs for this special “Hands on History: Trappers, Trades & Treaties” event at the Fort are as follows:  $7 per adult (18 and older), $3 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and free for children 5 and under.  

2/06 Museum Day

Sutter's Fort State Historic Park is Proud to be a Part of Sacramento Museum Day!

18th Annual “Sacramento Museum Day” on February 6  

Guests Can Enjoy Free or Half-Priced Admission to More Than 25 Sites

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 8, 2016) – With 26 museums and local destinations participating, the 2016 Sacramento Museum Day is proudly presented by Bank of America, Sacramento Covered and Amtrak®.  To the delight of the greater Sacramento area community, the participating local museums will offer free or half-priced admission from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, during the 18th annual event.  Most of the more than 25 museums will offer free admission whereas two destinations located in residential areas -- the Sacramento Zoo and Fairytale Town -- will offer half-priced admission to offset parking and traffic control costs.  

Coordinated by the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) and the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sacramento Museum Day is a popular cultural tradition designed to encourage all members of the community to experience the Capital City’s incredible wealth of art, history, science and wildlife -- at little or no cost.  Many of the museums are within walking distance of each other and easily accessible via public transportation. Event coordinators suggest that guests plan to visit no more than two or three different museums on this day in order to allow adequate time to enjoy the experience and to travel between individual sites.  

In addition to offering free or reduced cost admission, many of the destinations are offering special activities during Sacramento Museum Day.  A sampling of the special activities include the following: 

- The Aerospace Museum of California will offer a special “open cockpit” day where most aircraft will be open for viewing (weather permitting), a children's art contest and on-site exhibitors such as the Tuskegee Airmen;

- The California Automobile Museum will demonstrate how to make an 1850’s small stationary steam engine run using compressed air (note that the Museum displays several early steam-powered automobiles in its collection), plus a hands-on stamping activity for kids that includes a small prize at the end;  

- The Masonic Service Bureau will be on-site at the Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus providing free electronic fingerprints of children for their parents plus the Sacramento Public Library will have a booth and prize wheel on-site,  and there will even be drop-in visits by local mascots; 

- The Roseville Utility Exploration Center will present a hands-on “Bird and Bug Bonanza” with lots of interactive activities such as a creek crawl, build your own bluebird home, story time with the Bug Squad and more;

- The Sacramento History Museum will offer their always-popular gold panning activities for kids outside in front of the Museum;  

- The crowd-favorite Sacramento Children’s Museum will present a lively “task party” where guests randomly draw and perform fun tasks such as convincing other guests to “jam” with them for five minutes, draw portraits of strangers (with crayons) or even handing out awards for silly things like Best Eyebrows; 

- The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum will serve cake and provide short lessons by interesting teachers to celebrate the anniversary of Sacramento's first public school in February 1854;

- Sojourner Truth African American Museum will host a Crocker Art Museum “Block By Block” talent search (from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) plus children will be able to make and take home a Sojourner Truth tile piece;

- Verge Center for the Arts will offer a Free Kids Clay Open Studio from 1 to 5 p.m. where children will receive basic instruction to play and create with clay. 

 “Every year is unique and offers exciting new discoveries for guests to explore on Sacramento Museum Day,” said Sacramento Association of Museums Chair Lorili Ostman. “We’d like to thank our returning sponsors – Bank of America and Sacramento Covered – plus our first-time sponsor Amtrak for helping us to present this important event and introduce the community to the amazing array of arts, culture and museum offerings available in the greater Sacramento region.”

While admission is free at most of the participating museums during Sacramento Museum Day, admission to two destinations located in residential areas are half-priced as follows:  Sacramento Zoo is $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 2-11 and free for children under two;  Fairytale Town is $2.75 per person and free for children ages one and under.

Due to the popularity of Sacramento Museum Day, some locations must limit the number of admissions for safety reasons.   The event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. but note the last guests will be admitted at 4 p.m.  More detailed information about participating museums, addresses, limitations, suggested parking and public transit options is available at www.sacmuseums.org (click on “News & Events”), or by calling the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau at (916) 808-7777.

In addition to Bank of America, Sacramento Covered and Amtrak, Sacramento Museum Day 2016 is proudly supported by active and engaged media partners including FOX40, KSEG 96.9 FM, Outword Media, Sacramento365.com and STAR 106.5 FM.

Participating Museums for Sacramento Museum Day 2016*:

Aerospace Museum of California – California Automobile Museum – California Museum  – California State Capitol Museum –  California State Library  – California State Railroad Museum –  Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum – Fairytale Town – Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park – Locke Boarding House Museum  – Maidu Museum & Historic Site (Roseville) – Museum of Medical History – Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum – Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Powerhouse Science Center Discovery Campus  – Roseville Utility Exploration Center – Sacramento Children’s Museum – Sacramento Historic City Cemetery – Sacramento History Museum – Sacramento Zoo – Sojourner Truth African American Museum – State Indian Museum – Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park – Verge Center for the Arts – Wells Fargo History Museum (Capitol Mall) – Wells Fargo History Museum (Old Sacramento) 

*SAM member museums not able to participate in the 2016 Sacramento Museum Day include:  California Agriculture Museum (closed for redesign); California Statewide Museum Collections Center; Crocker Art Museum (charging $5 admission that day) and the Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park (closed to the public).

About the Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM)

Comprised of nearly 30 greater Sacramento area museums working in partnership with the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, SAM’s mission is to raise awareness of local museums by giving the community the opportunity to discover California’s fine art, history, science and wildlife treasures. SAM achieves its mission through implementing cooperative promotions and developing strategic marketing alliances, by encouraging sharing of knowledge and resources among its partner institutions, and by conducting Sacramento Museum Day each year.

 

2/20 Hands on History - By Land and Sea

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Continuing a series of popular, interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities offered each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: By Land and By Sea” event on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort visitors will be delighted to see the recently completed restoration of the historic walls and gates plus have the opportunity to step back in time to the 1840s to understand the two different ways emigrants originally came to California -- by land or by sea -- while sharing the unique challenges they faced and what daily life was like during their journeys. In fact, Sutter’s Fort was once home to sailors who “jumped ship,” trappers who became overland trail guides because of the failing fur trade, wagon train parties looking for a new life, and soldiers who served in the Mexican-American War and whose services were terminated in California – 3,000 miles from their homes in the east.  

Fort guests will hear the amazing tales of adventure and survival these nomads experienced on the journeys and enjoy participating in daily activities of the different skills and trades they used in their new California home. A few of the special hands-on activities awaiting Fort visitors include helping to pack a wagon while making choices about what to bring along for their “journey of a lifetime,” learning how to use a nautical compass, hoisting a laden barrel, weaving rope, learning simple knots, creating maps with available resources, joining the Navy and receiving pay in Stonington Bank $2 bills, and even marching around the Fort with the NY Volunteer fife and drum corps. And, of course, popular demonstrations of black powder weaponry in action will take place including the crowd-favorite firing of Sutter’s cannon.  

Admission to Sutter’s Fort SHP costs $7 per adult (18 and older), $5 per youth (ages 6 to 17) and is free for children 5 and under.  For more information, call 916-445-4422 

 

2701 L Street
Sacramento CA, 95816
(916) 445-4422

 

 

Open 10 a.m. To 5 p.m.
Daily
Closed Thanksgiving,
Christmas and
New Year's Day
Adult Admission: $5
Youth Admission: $3 (Ages 6-17)
Children 5 and Under Free

On special interpretive
program days fees are
$7 for adults and $5 for youth

Prices subject to change,
please contact Sutter’s Fort
for most current pricing