OCTOBER-DECEMBER 2019 EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2019; updated Aug. 12, 2019

 

OCTOBER

MUSEUMS ON US® FREE ADMISSION
10/5/19 & 10/6/19

Free admission for all current Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® and U.S. Trust® cardholders through Museums On Us® with valid photo ID. For more information, visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com

SPECIAL EVENT — MUSEUM OPEN 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. 
10/11/19

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA 2019
10/11/19

Celebrate the opening of “El Arte de las Almas: Día de los Muertos 2019” at the California Museum’s Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 11, 2019. Highlights will include appearances by exhibit artists; Mayahuel food, drinks and snacks for sale; live music; costume contest; sugar skull decorating ($15 materials fee); complimentary face painting and hands-on activities for kids and more. Tickets: $5 Early Bird (limited to first 250), $10 Advance and $20 Door. For more information or to buy tickets starting at 10 a.m. on Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/fiesta-2019.

“EL ARTE DE LAS ALMAS: DĺA DE LOS MUERTOS 2019”
10/11 – 12/15/19

Opening at the Museum’s Día de Los Muertos Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 11, “El Arte de las Almas: Día de los Muertos 2019” (“The Art of Souls: Day of the Dead 2019”) is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists including John S. Huerta and Raul Mejia of Sacramento and Oscar Magallanes of Los Angeles. A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by displaying calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California. Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one in the exhibit’s Community Altar. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/muertos-2019.

I LOVE SUGAR SKULL WORKSHOPS
10/12/19

Learn how to design and decorate your own calavera de azúcar (sugar skull) for Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in one of three workshops on Sat., Oct. 12, 2019, at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m. Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants each to proceed and a $15 materials fee for a pre-made sugar skull and royal icing. Also includes admission to “El Arte de las Almas: Día de los Muertos 2019,” along with all current exhibits. Advance registration by 5 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 10, 2019, recommended, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/skulls-2019 for more information or to register.

12th ANNUAL CALIFORNIA HALL OF FAME ARTIFACT EXHIBIT
THROUGH 10/31/19

Featuring artifacts and ephemera on loan from inductees’ personal collections, this temporary exhibition explores the lives and legacies of inductees in the 12th class of the California Hall of Fame, inspiring visitors to make their own mark on history. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/artifact-exhibit.

 

NOVEMBER

MUSEUMS ON US® FREE ADMISSION 
11/2 & 11/3/19

Free admission for all current Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® and U.S. Trust® cardholders through Museums On Us® with valid photo ID. For more information, visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

CALIFORNIA VOTES FOR WOMEN:
A GOLDEN STATE SUFFRAGE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
11/9/19

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Golden State’s ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, at the California Museum on Sat., Nov. 9, 2019. Highlights include free admission for the first 500 advance registrants or reduced $5 admission to all current exhibits, plus a day of festivities honoring women’s suffrage from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details or to reserve a free ticket starting Tues., Aug. 27, visit https://www.californiamuseum.org/suffrage-2019

THANKSGIVING — MUSEUM CLOSED
11/28/19

 

DECEMBER

MUSEUMS ON US® FREE ADMISSION  
12/7/19 & 12/8/19

Free admission for all current Bank of America®, Merrill Lynch® and U.S. Trust® cardholders through Museums On Us® with valid photo ID. For more information, visit http://museums.bankofamerica.com.

“EL ARTE DE LAS ALMAS: DĺA DE LOS MUERTOS 2019”
THROUGH 12/15/19

Opening at the Museum’s Día de Los Muertos Fiesta on Fri., Oct. 11, “El Arte de las Almas: Día de los Muertos 2019” (“The Art of Souls: Day of the Dead 2019”) is a new exhibit featuring original art and contemporary altar installations by California artists including John S. Huerta and Raul Mejia of Sacramento and Oscar Magallanes of Los Angeles. A journey through life, love and death, the exhibit explores the Mexican cultural tradition of honoring deceased loved ones each year on November 1 and 2 by displaying calaveras de azúcar (sugar skulls), altares de muertos (altars of the dead) and ofrendas (offerings), which has evolved from the Aztecs to modern-day Mexico and California. Members of the public are also invited to remember a lost loved one in the exhibit’s Community Altar. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/muertos-2019.

CHRISTMAS EVE — MUSEUM OPEN 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
12/24/19

CHRISTMAS DAY — MUSEUM CLOSED
12/25/19

“¡MURALES REBELDES! L.A. CHICANA/O MURALS UNDER SIEGE”
THROUGH 12/31/19

“¡Murales Rebeldes! L.A. Chicana/o Murals under Siege” explores the historic censorship, whitewashing, neglect and destruction of Southern California murals from the 1960s and 1970s Chicana/o Movement. Featuring sketches, photographs, rescued fragments and more, the exhibit features the stories of eight murals that illuminate the Mexican American community’s creativity and reveal the power of urban art. Organized by the California Historical Society and LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/murales-rebeldes for details.

NEW YEAR’S EVE — MUSEUM OPEN 10 A.M. TO 3 P.M. 
12/31/19

NEW YEAR’S DAY — MUSEUM CLOSED
1/1/20

 

ONGOING SIGNATURE EXHIBITS:

“CALIFORNIA’S REMARKABLE WOMEN”

Honoring the significant achievements of women who have called the Golden State home, “California’s Remarkable Women” explores the extraordinary accomplishments of over 200 women over the last 165 years, from farm worker organizer Dolores Huerta and astronaut Sally Ride to designer Ray Eames and architect Julia Morgan. Inspired by former First Lady Maria Shriver, the exhibit was developed in partnership with California State Parks. For more information, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/californias-remarkable-women.

“CALIFORNIA INDIANS: THE FIRST PEOPLE”         

Initially developed under the direction of a Native Advisory Council in 2011, “California Indians: The First People” is the only exhibit of its kind in the state to present the unique contributions of California’s Native Peoples in their own voice. Through artifacts, original art, oral histories and an interactive language kiosk, the exhibit chronicles the histories and cultural legacies of over 100 tribes. Highlights include the Chipped Stone Bear, California’s official prehistoric artifact; baskets woven by Native artists; a fur cape owned by Ishi; and more. For details, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/california-indians.

“CALIFORNIA MISSIONS: A JOURNEY ALONG THE EL CAMINO REAL”      

Designed to correspond with State standards for 4th grade students, this exhibit includes rare artifacts from Missions across the state, such as iron tools handmade at Mission Santa Barbara, a marriage registry document written by Father Junípero Serra, an 1893 painting of Mission San Luis Rey on an original tile from that mission, and more. In addition, oral history brings this pivotal chapter of history into the present through the modern perspective of Andrew A. Galvan, the first Native curator of Mission Dolores in San Francisco. For details, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/california-missions.

“HEALTH HAPPENS HERE”                                                                                         

Learn how and why your zip code determines how long and how well you live in the multimedia exhibit “Health Happens Here.” Discover what Californians are doing to build health in communities across the state in this interactive journey through all the places and all the ways health happens in California. Through a series of high-tech games and interactive stations, visitors explore key factors that affect health beyond traditional diet and exercise while earning points that can be donated to 1 of 10 charities to make health happen for all Californians. Winner of the American Alliance of Museum’s “Excellence In Exhibition” award, the exhibit’s games are also available on a micro web site at http://www.healthhappensinca.org.

UNITY CENTER AT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM                                                           

Initiated in 1999 in response to a series of Northern California hate crimes, the Unity Center at the California Museum is an all-new installation celebrating the state’s diverse people, customs and cultures. Featuring multimedia exhibits exploring significant chapters of California’s civil rights history and a state-of-the-art classroom, the interactive 4,000 sq. ft. gallery encourages visitors to find common ground while embracing their own individuality. Through advocacy tools and engaging educational programs, visitors are empowered to be Unity Activists, exercising their rights and standing up for the rights of others – regardless of belief, background, identity or gender. For details, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/unity-center.

“UPROOTED! JAPANESE AMERICANS DURING WWII”

Featuring members of the local Sacramento Japanese American community, this exhibit presents personal stories highlighting stories of immigration and mass incarceration during World War II as well as the successful fight for redress for the loss of constitutional rights.  Featuring replica barracks and guard tower, the display includes rare artifacts on loan from members of Sacramento’s Japanese American community, along with a video introduction by George Takei, an interactive map of the incarceration sites and oral history video kiosks featuring the personal experiences of formerly-incarcerated Japanese Americans from Northern California. For details, visit http://www.californiamuseum.org/uprooted-japanese-americans-during-wwii

 

ABOUT CALIFORNIA MUSEUM

The California Museum educates visitors on California’s diverse history, arts, culture and unique influence on the world. Through interactive exhibits and engaging programs, the Museum inspires visitors to make their mark on history. Open Tues. – Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Sun. 12:00-5:00 p.m. Admission: $7-9. Learn more at http://www.californiamuseum.org.