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Visit farm animals at Critter Corral
Young San Joaquin Historical Museum visitors enjoy close encounters with animals on exhibit at the Critter Corral. The exhibit runs through May 24. - photo by Photo Contributed

LODI — Visit and pet a variety of live farm animals every Friday and Saturday this spring at the Critter Corral in the San Joaquin County Historical Museum at Micke Grove Regional Park. Encounters with the animals are free with regular Museum admission, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., through May 24.

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. A special exhibition, “Singing the Golden State,” will display historic sheet music from April 6 through June 1. Also coming soon are new interior 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. 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 see