Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Crocker Art Museum: Culture you can afford

Portrait of my Father by Stephen Kaltenbach
Here is a little known fact:
Every 3rd Sunday, the Crocker Art Museum is completely and totally FREE.
Thanks to sponsorship from B of A's Museums on Us program, you and everyone you know can take in all of the art that your little heart desires without paying a penny.
Of course, donations are highly encouraged so give what you can.

Unlike Sacramento's Museum Day, in which every person in the known Universe converges upon the Crocker like a pack of salivating wolves, this is much less crowded and easier to take your time to really appreciate the amazing pieces of art displayed throughout the old & new wings of this Sacramento treasure.
The Madonna & Child w/young St John the Baptist by Carlo Maratti

Bronze Seated Buddha Shakyamuni 18th Century (artist unknown) 

The Crocker Art Museum has a permanent collection, some of which you see above, filled with California, American, Asian & European art, as well as International ceramics and photography. 

There are new exhibits happening all the time, usually staying through a season and lending even more interesting diversity to the Collection. 
Current & future exhibits are listed & kept up to date on the museum's website.

The Crocker is a great date destination for new & seasoned couples, as well as giving parents the opportunity to expose their children to a variety of art & artists in a way that books just cannot compare to.
There is something about actually being in the physical presence of a beautiful work of art, that can move you beyond measure. 
Art can reach places which textbooks cannot, it can open minds to innumerable possibilities, and while not everyone is an artistic genius, we can all appreciate beauty and learn to find it in that which is not traditionally beautiful. 
And that is a lesson worth teaching.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at:
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

Hours of Operation:
Tues & Wed 10am-7pm
Thurs 10am-9pm
Fri-Sun 10am-5pm

Adults $10
Sr. & college Students w/ID $8
Kids 7-17 $5
Kids 6&under: FREE

"Pay What You Wish" day is every 3rd Sunday
*no flash photography allowed*

1 comment:

  1. that piece of art is one of my favorites.... and our favorite thing is to drive down and park by the museum, walk over and have breakfast at Fox and Goose, walk back and enjoy the museum! the only problem is that we are usually too late to hit up the farmer's market too!


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