SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Thousands didn’t need to open their wallets to enjoy a little Sacramento culture Saturday as more than two dozen museums offered free or half price admission all day.

From taking a step back in history or hopping on a train, huge crowds came out to take advantage of the sweet deal.

From the minute you step into any Sacramento museum, you know it’s Museum Day.

“I had the girls today, mom’s working, so I thought it would be fun to take them down and show them a little history,” parent Kevin Evers said.

Thirty museums throughout Sacramento offered free or half price admission Saturday.

“It lets us kind of connect with the community, and it brings a lot of people out,” said one Museum Day organizer.

Within an hour of opening, about 3,000 people came through the California Railroad Museum.

“It’s probably 25 degrees hotter in there because of all the people,” said parent Tom Martin.

Martin didn’t seem to mind so much, because you can’t beat the price of free versus the average price of $30 for a family of four.

“It was free, so we thought ‘why not?’ Good way to spend the afternoon and get her to experience something new,” said one man.

Over at the Crocker Art Museum, Andrea Dangerfield says lines were out the door, but were well worth the wait.

“They were just piling people in,” she said. “It was awesome. It was absolutely fabulous. I haven’t been there but I would go back.”

Museum Day is held twice a year, with the next one planned for the fall.


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