All Families Welcome: Museums for All Program Expands Accessibility

All you need is an EBT card for free or reduced admission at 1,200 museums & attractions nationwide

By Macaroni KID November 13, 2023

Curiosity is a crucial element in the development of happy and healthy kids. Luckily there are plenty of ways to nurture those busy minds. One of our faves is a trip to the museum. Children's museums are an obvious stop for fun, but history, art, and specialty museums, zoos and aquariums still offer a wealth of cultural and educational opportunities for kids of all ages. 

Curating all those fantastic experiences in one museum does come at a steep cost, and the resulting admission prices can be a barrier for many families. Thankfully, there's a program you may not be familiar with that offers free or very low-cost admission to 1,200 museums across the country for families with a Cal Fresh / SNAP EBT card: Museums for All.

Museums for All partners with museums nationwide to provide families receiving food assistance free or reduced admission - the max admission under Museums for All is $3.

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This unique program allows all families to visit and enjoy museums, along with zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, historic sites, and much more. All you have to do is present a photo ID and your EBT card. Since the program launched in 2014, more than 8 million visitors nationwide have visited 1,200 museums using Museums for All.

Imagine spending the day exploring world-renowned museums like the Boston Children's Museum, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, or the Exploratorium in San Francisco without opening your wallet.

Publisher's Note:  Use the links below to find out more about each museum, botanic garden and zoo. While some locations are worthy of all day experience some may only take an hour or two to explore. Hours and days open vary by location so be sure to plan ahead. Depending on the location and your kids ages you may want to plan to visit more than one as some museums tend to be close together. You will find quite a diverse offering of museums, botanical gardens and zoos participating in this program. You'll find over 40 participating locations in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Orange County alone.

Local Participating Location

Los Angeles County Participating Museums

Ventura County Participating Museums

Santa Barbara County Participating Museums

Orange County Participating Museums

Learn more about the Museums for All program and find more participating museums and attractions nearby and across the U.S. - get ready for a day filled with adventure, learning, and time together.  

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Find your family fun exploring with your kids!