SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- 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 28 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are proud to showcase a variety of upcoming artistic exhibits, events and activities, including:

Sacramento's I Street Bridge Photo Display at the Sacramento History Museum -- Continues Through December
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the completion of Sacramento's I Street bridge, the Sacramento History Museum is showcasing a special exhibit of photographs of the beloved bridge. The Sacramento History Museum invites the community to visit the photo display and learn more about the history of this enduring landmark that was built by the Southern Pacific in 1912. For more, visit

Art Classes at the Crocker Art Museum - Various Dates/Times Throughout the Month 
Ranging from a fun children's "Muddy Hands" ceramics class to "Splash of Life, Watercolor for Teens with Developmental Disabilities" and even an experienced adult "Chinese Brush Painting" class (plus everything in between!), the Crocker Art Museum offers an amazing variety of hands-on art classes throughout the month for budding artists of all skill levels. To explore various class options,

Plein Air Day at the State Indian Museum - May 12
As part of an ongoing "Arts in the Parks" effort, Northern California artists -- of all ages and skill levels -- are invited to participate in a special "open air" painting event on the grounds of Sutter's Fort State Historic Park. The State Indian Museum and California State Parks present a special "Plein Air Day" that is free for participants and fun to watch the mesmerizing artistry-in-action. For more,

"Then and Now Antique Quilt and Vintage Fashion" Exhibit at the Folsom History Museum - Debuts May 26
The community is invited to visit the Folsom History Museum to see a visually enticing exhibit filled with antique-1800s and contemporary quilts with timeless patterns that will be on display from May 26 through September 2 and complemented by impressive and fun vintage fashions. For more information, call 916-985-2707.

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