Anybody presenting a current food assistance (EBT) card from any state can purchase admission to the children's museum for $2 per ticket for up to 10 individuals, starting in early July with the Cincinnati Museum Center's participation in Museums for All. Patrons will also receive free parking by presenting their card.
That means that for $2 per ticket, families can splash around as they explore the principles of water, try their hand at veterinary medicine complete with lab coats and X-rays and floss giant teeth as they brush up on proper oral health in the Duke Energy Children's Museum.
"We really appreciate Cincinnati Museum Center offering our consumers the opportunity to experience something that might otherwise be a little out of their reach," said Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services in a news release. "This is a win-win because that exposure will no doubt create a lifelong passion in some that will result in visiting the Museum Center long after they have worked their way off of food assistance and into higher incomes."
In the past, the Cincinnati Museum Center has reached low-income families through Free Fridays, one Friday each month from June through October when museum admission was free to all guests from 4 to 8 p.m. Museums for All will help Cincinnati Museum Center reach a larger number of low-income families more effectively by offering greatly reduced admission during the entirety of museum operating hours 363 days a year.
"Families of all income levels should have the opportunity to enjoy the finest assets Cincinnati has to offer, and Cincinnati Museum Center is an amazing learning center for children," said Hamilton County Commissioner Dennis Deters in a news release. "The restoration of Union Terminal, which has been supported by taxpayers countywide, will only add to the experience at Cincinnati Museum Center, and I'm glad to see a unique partnership that will expand the Museum Center's reach to more families across Hamilton County."
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) to offer signature access to children's museums to people of all backgrounds, regardless of income. Museums for All helps museums reach their entire communities and, by greatly reducing or eliminating the cost of admission, removes the social and academic barrier children face when they are not exposed to high quality museum experiences.
Museums for All is made possible through the generosity of Rosemary and Frank Bloom with special thanks to Procter & Gamble. For more information on the Duke Energy Children's Museum, see the website here.