Museums for All Program Connects DMV Communities


Museums for All, a fantastic program that opens the doors to over 1,200 museums across the US for families receiving Supplemental Nutrient Access Program (SNAP) benefits. That’s right, free or reduced admission to amazing museums! Think of it as a passport to adventure for your little ones. Here’s the scoop for our DMV families:

Malcolm and Juliet enjoying their time at the National Children’s Museum!

What is it?

Museums for All is a national program that allows people receiving SNAP benefits to visit over 600 museums across the United States for free or at a reduced admission price. This program is available to all members of a SNAP household, regardless of age. There’s no limit to the use of this benefit – go to as many participating museums as you like, as many times as you like!

How does it work?

To participate in the Museums for All program, simply show your SNAP EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card and a valid photo ID at the participating museum’s admission desk. You will then be admitted for free or at a reduced price. Museums participating in Museums for All will accept SNAP EBT cards from any state. If you live in one state, but want to visit a participating museum in a different state, you can!

How much does it cost?

The admission fee for Museums for All varies by museum. Some museums offer free admission, while others offer a reduced admission price. The maximum admission fee for Museums for All is $3 per person.

What are the benefits of participating in Museums for All?

There are many benefits to participating in Museums for All. Visiting museums can help children learn about history, science and art. It can also be a fun and affordable way for families to spend time together.

What DMV Museums are Participating:

Washington DC:

  • International Spy Museum: EBT cardholders qualify for a general admission rate of $3 (plus tax) per person. This admission fee is available during all open hours with presentation of an active EBT card and is valid for groups of up to 4 guests ages 7 and older.
  • Museum of the Bible: General admission for EBT cardholders is offered at a rate of $2 per person for up to 4 guests. Admission is already free for kids 4 and under.
  • National Building Museum: The Museum offers free general admission to individuals and families presenting an EBT card. One person per group needs to present the identifying information, and that will cover up to 3 additional individuals.
  • National Children’s Museum: If you receive SNAP, you are eligible to reserve up to 4 tickets at a discounted rate of $3 each by submitting a request online.


  • Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center: During the holiday season, SNAP card holders can reserve reduced price tickets for Annmarie Garden In Lights, $4/person for up to 4 family members. To reserve tickets, call the office or email [email protected].
  • Chesapeake Children’s Museum: While this is not technically in the DMV, I wanted to include it since it is a kid-favorite and a close drive. EBT cardholders receive tickets for $1/person and a discount can be applied online to reserve tickets in advance.
  • Greenbelt Museum: SNAP recipients can enjoy free admission to this museum for up to four people with their EBT card.
  • KID Museum: Visitors that receive SNAP benefits are eligible for free admission to the this museum.
  • The Laurel Museum: This museum is listed on the website, but admission is already free for everyone!


  • Arlington Historical Museum: This museum is listed on the website, but admission is already free for everyone! Definitely worth a visit. Also check out the Ball-Sellers House.
  • Children’s Science Center Lab: This museum offers EBT card holders discounted tickets at $2 per person for up to 6 people at a time. They also offer discounted membership to these Children’s Science Center Lab for $25!
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon: EBT card holders receive up to 4 daytime admission tickets for $2 each at the gate. This is available in-person only.
  • Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House: Visitors can purchase $2 tickets for up to four people to attend Combination Tours of both Woodlawn and Pope-Leighey House by simply showing their EBT card and a photo ID at our admissions desk.

How can I learn more?

This DMV roundup is just a glimpse into the nationwide network of museums welcoming families through Museums for All. You can learn more about the Museums for All program by visiting the program’s website:


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