Montshire Museum of Science Expands Warm Welcome Program for Low-income Families
March 3, 2014
For Immediate Release
Montshire is now offering $2/person admission and $15 memberships to any family who shows an EBT or Medicaid Card, or a letter confirming their participation in the Free or Reduced Price School Meals Program. Montshire encourages eligible families to use these opportunities to visit the Museum frequently.
Before launching this major expansion of the program in late January, Montshire officials initiated a series of conversations with human service providers, local families, and schools. The response has been enormously positive so far, with dozens of families taking advantage of the new opportunities to visit.
“I am very grateful to everyone who provided feedback and advice in the development of this initiative,” said Jennifer Rickards, Associate Director, who has spearheaded the program. “We are delighted that so many local families are excited about the opportunity to visit and engage with the Montshire.”
This new initiative has been made possible with support from the Jack and Dorothy Byrne Foundation.
About the Warm Welcome Program
The Montshire is committed to ensuring that meaningful learning experiences are accessible to disadvantaged children and families. Studies show that science museums are critically important elements of our educational infrastructure. People who are disadvantaged economically are less likely to have access to opportunities found in places like museums, which substantially undermines their learning and chances for school success. Montshire’s Warm Welcome is designed to address this challenge through a series of specific programs (such as those described below), and by offering Museum admission and education programs at fees that are set below the actual cost.
- Free admission passes distributed to 110 human service organizations
- Scholarships for Montshire Summer Camp and other programs
- Special fees for schools, including a $2/student program in winter
The Montshire Museum of Science is a hands-on science center located on 110 acres in Norwich, Vermont. Visitors will enjoy more than 100 interactive exhibits relating to the natural and physical sciences, technology, and more. The Montshire is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas).