Happy 125th Birthday to the Crocker Art Museum!



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Happy Birthday, Crocker Art Museum

On Saturday, May 8, the Crocker Art Museum will mark its 125th anniversary with a celebration of the Crocker family, the era in which they lived, and the generous gift of their Art Gallery and collection to the city of Sacramento. From noon to 4PM, all ages will enjoy events that hearken back to the Floral Festival in 1885, when the Museum was formally given to the City of Sacramento.  

Starting at noon, living history interpreters portraying Museum founders E. B. and Margaret Crocker and their daughter Aimée Crocker will greet visitors as they arrive. At 1:25PM, visitors are invited to join in singing Happy Birthday. Throughout the event, visitors can take part in a video project to record memories of and birthday wishes for the Crocker. Additional festivities include:  

  • Presentations by trick roper James Barrera and banjo-ologist Gordy Ohliger.
  • Dance and music performance by Folklorico Latino de Woodland.
  • Recitations of original Sacramento-inspired poems by poets from the Sacramento Poetry Center and storytelling with the Sacramento Public Library.
  • Tours highlighting the Museum’s architecture and floral-themed artworks.
  • Demonstrations of floral arranging by local gardening groups.
  • Cake decorating and tasting by River City Cake Co.
  • A display of Black paper dolls from the late 19th century.

The Crocker Art Museum was established on May 6, 1885, when Margaret E. Crocker presented her family’s art gallery building, grounds, and art collection “in trust for the public” to the public-private partnership of the City of Sacramento and the California Museum Association, now the Crocker Art Museum Association.

The Crocker Art Museum is located at 216 O Street. Admission on May 8 is $1.25 per person, and the festivities are free with admission. For more information, click here or call 916.808.1961. 

We’ll see you there!


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