New Local Distinction

You heard it here first!

It’s been a while since we’ve had a “Right Awn!” so might I nominate the Discovery Museum in Old Sacramento? Today it will join a distinguished list of museums that are official affiliates of the Smithsonian.

The goal of the affiliate program is to create vital relationships with communities by working with local museums and educational institutions. This new status will give the Discovery Museum access to borrowing artifacts from the Smithsonian to have on display here, plus access to other resources from the venerable institution.

This is HUGE.

While I have your attention about museums, please allow me to give a plug for a museum that will be coming to fruition within the next couple years. The Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) will provide a hands-on learning environment for kids from birth through eight years old with interactive displays both indoors and outdoors.

The SCM has recently partnered with the Junior League of Sacramento (JLS), a women’s organization that has founded or co-founded some of our region’s most valuable resources, such as the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home, Nonprofit Resource Center, Sacramento Crisis Nurseries, Sacramento Regional Community Foundation, Child Abuse Prevention Council, and more — so we know it’s going to be a success.

The SCM is working on site selection, carefully planning it so the most people have access to it (near transit) and is acquiring displays from other successful museums from across the country. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this in the next year or so!