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Sacramento museums explore the great outdoors

SACRAMENTO — From dirt and rocks to fish and flowers …Sacramento Museums delight in the outdoors with special events and activities in May.

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 May, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums are featuring events and activities focused on the great outdoors. 

Dig It — The Secrets of Soil at The California Museum
Take a journey through the skin of the earth in this national traveling exhibit developed by the Soil Science Society of America and designed by Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Explore the many cultures that connect us to soils through the exhibit’s interactive features such as hands-on displays, cartoons, movies, games and more  For more information visit californiamuseum.org/dig-it.

Rock Art Mysteries at the Maidu Museum & Historic Site
Take a leisurely and enjoyable evening walk through the Maidu Museum & Historic Site with Nisenan Elder Rick Adams to observe petroglyphs by lantern light on May 17. Guests will journey back in time and explore ideas about the purpose of these mysterious symbols carved in stone thousands of years ago.  For more information visit roseville.ca.us/indianmuseum.

What’s Blooming at the Old City Cemetery
Visitors will delight in a special — and free — walking tour of the Hamilton Square Garden in the Old City Cemetery to showcase What’s Blooming on May 17. Sacramento Valley’s early perennials that are now in bloom will take center stage during this visually enticing tour.  For more information visit oldcitycemetery.com.

Something’s Fishy at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center
When learning about prehistoric times, most people think about dinosaurs but most don’t realize fish have been around even longer.  During this special weekend at the Discovery Museum, May 17 & 18, the focus is on ancient fish. Visitors will view the amazing fish fossil collection and make a fish print poster (using a fish model) to take home as a souvenir. For more information visit thediscovery.org. 

For more information about upcoming activities offered by Sacramento area museums that range from the Heidrick Ag History Museum in Woodland, the Center for Contemporary Art in Sacramento, to the Roseville Utility Exploration Center in Roseville, “like” them on Facebook at Facebook.com/SacMuseums, follow them on Twitter @SacMuseums or visit the newly updated and user-friendly website at SacMuseums.org.

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