Thursday Evenings at the Museum


"Thursday Night at the Museums" will start Thursday, May 28, 2015.  The Museum along with the Sacramento History Museum, will be open every Thursday evening from May 28 - September 3.  Both museums will be open until 8:00 p.m. In addition, the Sacramento History Museum will be offering Thursday evening Adult Underground Tours all summer long. On Thursday, June 18 only, in addition to extended museum hours, evening excursion train rides will be available at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30pm.

Regular museum, excursion train rides (offered on June 18 only) and Adult Only Underground Tour prices will apply during "Thursday Night at the Museums". Railroad Museum admission is $10 for adults, $5 for youth (ages 6-17) and children five and under are free. Evening train rides (offered on June 18 only) are $12 for adults, $6 for youth (ages 6-17) and children five and under are free. Sacramento History Museum admission is $6 for adults, $4 for youth (ages 6-17) and children five and under are free. Adult Only Underground Tours are $20 for guests 21 and over.  

Special activities will take place during select Thursday nights:

May 28: Speaker Series #1: Sutter's Town: Then and Now presented by Shirley Burman at 6 pm in the East Theater
Shirley Burman, documentary photographer, artist and railroad women's historian, will present an exciting photographic lecture highlighting 30 years of Old Sacramento that captures its rise from decay, how the riverfront changed over time from a cement wall to a bustling boardwalk with restaurants, museums and visiting boats, to the popular desination it is today.  (45 min presentation)

June 25: Speaker Series #2: Showdown at the Shops by William Burg at 6pm in the East Theater
William Burg is a California State Parks historian, author of six books about Sacramento History, and former California State Railroad Museum docent.  The 1894 Pullman Strike -- which will be showcased in an exhibit at the Museum on June 5th -- is acknowledged as one of the great turning points in American labor history.  Started in Pullman, Illinois, the strike spread to the entire nation, and the Southern Pacific shops in Sacramento.  Thousands of Shops workers, members of the American Railway Union, seized control of the Shops complex in July of  1894, effectively halting most railroad travel in California.  Burg's talk will examine the economic and social history leading up to the Pullman Strike, why Sacramento was such an important site in American labor and railroading history during this era, and the effects the strike and its aftermath had on the city, and the state of California. (45 min presentation)

July 23: Speaker Series #3: How the Railroad Saved River City by Paul Hammond at 6pm in the East Theater
Paul Hammond, Museum Director of the Museum, will explain and illustrate how the railroad played a major role in helping to save Sacramento.  He will share insights about how the railroads and rivers converged and worked together for many years to shape the Sacramento we know today. (45 min presentation) 

August 20: History Happy Hour on a Hot August Night

August 27: Speaker Series #4: Makin' Tracks: Sacramento to Reno presented by Shirley Burman at 6 pm in the East Theater
Shirley Burman will present a history rich lecture and photographic journey that covers both time and distance from Sacramento to Reno.  Guests will travel back in time to reflect on the first steamboat on the Sacramento River, horse and wagon rides over emigrant trails and dirt roads, train trips over the first Transcontinental Railroad Route, and the first automobiles on the transcontinental Lincoln Highway. (45 min presentation)

Also enjoy these GREAT deals every Thursday night only:
- Show your Thursday night admission ticket at Danny's Mini Donuts and receive a scoop of ice cream for just $1.00!
- The Hornblower River Boat will be adding an evening cruise every Thursday starting May 28 at 6:00pm. 

For more information about the Railroad Museum call (916) 323-9280. For more information about the Sacramento History Museum call (916) 808-7059 or visit