The History Center in Tompkins County Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families


Museums for All to increase accessibility of high-quality museum learning resources

The History Center in Tompkins County has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting The History Center with free admission. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of The History Center in Tompkins County’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.

The Sciencenter and the Museum of the Earth are also Tompkins County participants in Museums for All. With three museums in Ithaca participating in Museums for All, our community has been named a Hub City in the Museums for All program. We are the 48th such Hub City overall, and the second in New York State after New York City. 

Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 500 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 48 states.

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