Harrisburg, PA - Today the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission (PHMC) announced that it has joined other museums across the country in Museums for All, a signature access program of the Association of Children’s Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services to encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. PHMC is committed to making sure everyone can experience the best that its state-operated museums have to offer at the most affordable prices.
The program will enable low-income families to explore Pennsylvania’s rich history and culture by visiting participating state-owned museums such as The State Museum of Pennsylvania, the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, the Erie Maritime Museum, and Pennsbury Manor for a minimal fee of $2 per person with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and identification. This offer is for general admission only and excludes special programs or events.
“At PHMC, we believe a visit to a museum or historic site can inspire the development of new skills and interests, ignite creativity, and enrich social connections,” said PHMC Executive Director Andrea Lowery. “By removing the financial barrier, Museums for All represents a long stride toward the goal of reaching more children and parents and inviting them to take advantage of the valuable learning resources of museums.”
Museums for All, advances the goals of PHMC’s 21st-Century Task Force, an agency-wide effort to set in place policies and procedures that eliminate obstacles to participation by the diverse people who live and work in Pennsylvania. The task force’s goal is to foster a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access in everything the agency does, from programs offered to the staff and volunteers who deliver them.
Participating museums include:
Anthracite Heritage Museum
Brandywine Battlefield Park
Cornwall Iron Furnace
Drake Well Museum & Park
Eckley Miners’ Village
Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
Old Economy Village
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum
Pennsylvania Military Museum
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
The State Museum of Pennsylvania
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov.
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) believes that in an increasingly complex world, children’s museums provide a place where all kids can learn through play and exploration with the caring adults in their lives. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM visit www.ChildrensMuseums.org.
The Pennsylvania Trails of History comprises museums and historic sites administered by the Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, organized along four theme-based “trails” crossing the commonwealth: Military, Industrial, Historic Home, and Rural Farm and Village. Visitors are invited to explore one or more of the trails to learn more about the people, places and events that make Pennsylvania so special. To find out more about Pennsylvania’s historic sites and museums visit www.PATrailsofHistory.com.
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