Have EBT Benefits? Get FREE or Discounted Admission to Over 1,200 Museums

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Do you have SNAP benefits? Museums for All gives EBT card holders FREE or discounted admission!

The Shedd Aquarium, one of the museums that gives SNAP and ebt card holders free admission or discounted admission
Credit: Shedd Aquarium

Museums for All grants EBT card holders discounted or FREE admission. 🙌

Thanks to Museums For All, EBT card holders & members of the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) can receive FREE or reduced admission at over 1,200 different museums across the country. One EBT card can grant up to at least 4 people admission at the discounted price. All you need to do to receive this benefit is show your EBT card (Electronic Benefits Transfer card). That’s it!

If you’re unfamiliar with the Museums For All program, it has served over 8 million customers! The organization is breaking down barriers by helping everyone – regardless of income – have access to the knowledge inside museums. Through their partnership with Museums For All, participating institutions offer EBT card holders FREE admission or discounted tickets for $3 or less!

What museums are free with an EBT card?

Children in the dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, one of the museums that give ebt card holders free or discounted admission
Credit: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Head over to the Museums For All website to search a full list of museums offering this deal. Tons of amazing museums are included in the program. For example, California has over 100 museums you can visit including the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Several major attractions are on the list! Stop by the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center in Colorado or the Boston Children’s Museum in Massachusetts. Entertain your kiddos at the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C., the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, IL, or the Louisiana Children’s Museum in New Orleans, LA. You can even browse the art galleries at some of the best museums in the country like The Art Institute of Chicago or the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The full list of participating museums includes institutions dedicated to subjects like culture, history, art, natural sciences, animals, aviation, gardening, automobiles, and more!

Be sure to take advantage of this benefit while it’s available. Before visiting, call the museum to verify if they require advanced registration.

Wondering if you qualify for SNAP benefits? Find out!

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Comments 35

  1. Becky

    Thank you SO much for sharing. I work for head start so this applies to 99% of the families I serve. I’ll be sharing this agency wide first thing tomorrow

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Becky! So glad this post was helpful for you and your families! 🥰

  2. Peter

    Does it include wic

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey Peter! It seems to receive the free or discounted admission, a visitor would need to present their SNAP EBT card. You might click through the link in the post to see participating museum locations near you, and call your nearest one to see if they’d honor WIC as well. Hoping this might be helpful! 💗

    • K Harrington

      In VT, it works with WIC, EBT and state insurance. If you qualify for WIC, you income qualify for EBT. VT is definitely a state that wants to find ways to allow ALL children to experience life experiences in any way possible. I would definitely call and ask.

      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks so much for the helpful response! 🥰

  3. Kellie

    What a great program!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree, Kellie! SO awesome! 🎉💓

  4. Cruz

    Our school system gave ebt Snap Cards to every child during the pandemic. It also got us season passes to our local zoo for only $12 per person.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      WOW! 🙌 Thanks for sharing, Cruz! Glad you were able to score zoo season passes on the cheap! 🤗❤️

  5. Rn404

    Can this offer be used with the white P EBT kids some kids got during the pandemic fron the school

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi there! It seems that might vary by the museum you choose. I did find this answer in the FAQ – “Please check with the museum you wish to visit ahead of time, as we cannot guarantee that they will honor anything besides the SNAP EBT card.”

      Hope that is helpful! 🥰

    • Kat

      I did worked for me and my family using p-ebt!

  6. Amy

    I’m not a fan of this idea, why not discounted or free for everyone. Some get punished for working hard and they can’t go without a discount.

    • Sam

      I agree with you and a survey in several state agrees with you also. However most people are afraid to speak up and be called racist or worst. I am so tired of working my @ss off just to have people take advantage of the system. I have an elderly neighbor whose tenants have not paid rent since the pandemic started. The housing court for eviction is still 24 months out. My neighbor has to ask the other neighbors and friends to buy her husband insulin and she is going without her cancer treatment. Meanwhile her tenant is driving a brand new car, has a 55 inch tv, gets free health care, all the kids have new apple goods, while the parents collect wic and food stamp because they work for cash under the table. However, my neighbor can’t even get her health insurance premium paid for or reduced because she owns her home (well the bank does because it’s a mortgage). It’s a shame, I have no problem helping those who truly need like seniors and veterans with mental health issues but freeloaders? I am tired of it. I know my post won’t be published though.

      • Renee

        I understand what you’re saying, Sam. Not sure where you live or if this is for all 50 states, but In the state of Florida, there are stipulations if you are between the ages of 18-50 to apply for Food Stamps. Mostly that you are required to be actively seeking employment with proof.
        Of course if you are Disabled or other qualifications you are excused from this requirement.

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      • Lea

        I have a neighbor that does the same thing he does work hard but he also gets free government assistance drives brand new vehicles, has a house that’s is over 3000sq, and boast how much government gives them, because he gets paid under the table and does not report all his income. They even had another kid because of the pandemic giving more money out.

      • Cathy

        Most museums offer a free day to all if you check the fine print and their schedule. What’s the problem with institutions opening their doors to all income levels by having this EBT program.

      • Tiffany

        As someone who wouldn’t qualify for these programs, based on salary, I understand your frustration. That said, let’s be honest, those taking advantage of the system are probably less likely to take their children to use these opportunities, so hopefully, this program is going to good use and if so, that should be the main focus. That said, I’m a type one diabetic. At one point in life, I didn’t have insurance, Walmart, has a generic insulin, that doesn’t require a prescription and is $25 a vial. You can also buy syringes cheap as well. Amazon also has syringes for a cheaper cost too. I have insurance and still but my needles and pen needles on Amazon as it’s cheaper.

    • Amy

      The assumption that people on government assistance don’t work hard is very ignorant.

      • Laura


    • Taylor Norris

      I work hard wtf. I’m a single mom who’s ex husband developed a chronic brain injury and now I have two kids….and two jobs. But I can barely afford paying rent.
      I can’t take my kids on vacation but because they do services like this one I can take them to the zoo and museums

  7. N

    Is there a maximum of admissions the card will allow? We are a fam of four, 3 adults and 1 minor.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question! I found this on their site for you – “There’s no limit—go to as many participating museums as you like, as many times as you like!” 🎉 Enjoy your visits, N! ❤️

    • Becky

      It probably depends on the museum. For example our local children’s museum is a limit if 4 people per card

  8. Sarah H

    Make sure you call the institution you want to visit before you go. I called one of the places on the list on the website and they do not participate. My child was crushed.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh darn! I’m so sorry to hear that. Thanks a ton for that warning, Sarah H. ❤️ Great idea to call ahead first!

  9. Joetta L Davis

    Is their discount to Graceland museum with snap

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there, Joetta! I’m not seeing Graceland listed when I search through the Museums For All website, but you might want to contact the museum directly and ask if they offer a discount. Hoping this is helpful! 💖

  10. ev

    Free entry for those who might otherwise never get to visit is lovely. Compassion and kindness are always free. Nothing and no one are perfect – but if some child/family might be exposed to folks from all walks of life following their passion to a vocation – that opens up all kinds of possibilities for sparking interest in areas they’d never considered. A bit of grace in a increasingly angry world. Something we could all use. Whatever our beliefs.

  11. DNM

    Admission to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester has $5/pp admission with your EBT card!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing about a museum near you, DNM! 🤗

  12. jpalexva

    Does anyone know how I can get ebt?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there! You can click here to go to the USDA’s Food & Nutrition Service link for SNAP/EBT benefits to select your state to learn more, as well as access an online application. ❤️

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