Today, July, 2, 2018, the Texarkana Museums System announced that it 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.  

“By participating in the Museums for All program, we hope to increase the accessibility of museum learning resources to a significant underserved population in our area” stated Board President, Velvet Cool.

According to a press release, the program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting The Museum of Regional History, Discovery Place Interactive Museum, the Ace of Clubs House and the P. J. Ahern Home for a minimal fee of $2.00 per person, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 250 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of the Texarkana Museums System’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.

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 250 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 more than 40 states.