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August 19, 2016

Museums for AllThe Virginia Museum of Natural History is partnering with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) to take part in the Museums for All initiative, an access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. The program enables low-income families to visit the Virginia Museum of Natural History for a reduced fee of $2 for adults 18 and older, and $1 for children under 18.  The museum’s regular admission rates are $7 for adults ages 18 to 64, and $5 for children 3 to 18 and seniors 65 and over.  The museum provides free admission to members and children under 3.

To qualify, visitors must present their Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and accompanying identification at the VMNH Box Office.  Those in the household of the EBT card holder are entitled to the reduced admission rates.  Families can also visit any participating museums year-round for minimal fees designated by participating museums.

“We are proud to participate in the Museums for All initiative,” said Ryan Barber, deputy director of VMNH.  “Our mission is to reach all citizens of the Commonwealth and beyond, and this program further emphasizes our belief that museums and their life-changing programs should be accessible to everyone.”

The goal of the Museums for All initiative is to enable more children and parents, especially those living in poverty, to experience the valuable learning resources of museums. The Museums for All initiative allows museums to further expand their reach and impact.

To learn more about the Virginia Museum of Natural History and its upcoming exhibits, events and programs, please visit www.vmnh.net.  To learn more about the Museums for All initiative, and to see a complete listing of participating museums, please visit www.childrensmuseums.org/participating-museums.

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