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Critter Corral at museum on weekends

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POSTED August 5, 2014 10:21 p.m.

LODI — Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every weekend this August at the new Critter Corral at the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Aug. 31.

The 18-acre Historical Museum reveals the rich history of San Joaquin County in eight exhibition buildings, four historic buildings, and the Sunshine Trail, a living exhibition of native plants and habitats (currently being renovated). A special exhibit, “Singing the Golden State,” will be on display through August 10. It will be followed by a special exhibit, “The Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake,” at the Museum from August 24-October 19, 2014. Also coming soon are a brand new, hands-on Children’s Gallery, and new long-term exhibits on the Native people of the area, the early American and Hudson’s Bay Company trappers (who founded French Camp), and the American settlers who traveled the California Trail to establish farms in California’s heartland.

Regular Museum admission is $5 for adults (18-64), $4 for seniors (65+) and teens (13-17), and $2 for children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under and for members of the San Joaquin County Historical Society. There is a parking fee for each vehicle entering Micke Grove Regional park, waived for members of the Historical Society. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

The San Joaquin County Historical Society operates the Historical Museum in Micke Grove Regional Park. The Society provides education programs for school groups such as “Valley Days” and “Pioneer School Day” (in the 1866 Calaveras School). The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information visit www.SanJoaquinHistory.org.

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