On Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 at 2 p.m., staff members from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums will be conducting a free informational webinar on Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access to museums across the nation. Click here to register for the webinar.

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Museums for All is a national program that encourages individuals of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. It is open to participation by any type of museum — including art, history, natural history/anthropology; and general museums, children’s museums, science centers, planetariums, nature centers, historic houses/sites, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens and arboretums.

As part of Museums for All, recipients of food assistance through the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 500 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Go to the following for a full list of participating museums.

The cost of museum admission can be a barrier for many low-income families. Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3, for visitors presenting their EBT card. This reduced rate is available during all normal operating hours for up to four individuals per EBT card. With a year-round open-door policy, Museums for All invites low-income visitors to feel welcome at cultural institutions.

Since the launch of the initiative in 2014–2015, Museums for All has served more than 2.5 million visitors nationwide at museums of all varieties representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Museums for All is the only nationally coordinated financial accessibility program in the museum field, providing an easy-to-implement structure and the ability for participating museums to customize their implementation.
Museums for All is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency based in Washington, D.C. The initiative is administered by the Association of Children’s Museums through a cooperative agreement with IMLS.