Within Santa Barbara County, 18 museums have joined Museum for All, a program that aims to increase low-income families’ access to museums. The program offers those who receive CalFresh/SNAP benefits admission to all 18 museums for $0 to $3 per person, for up to four people, upon presentation of a SNAP card.
The program was first created in 2014 in a nationwide initiative that now has over 700 member institutions.
Participating Santa Barbara County museums include: Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara; Casa del Herrero; Dunes Center; Elverhoj Museum; Goleta Valley Historical Society; Lompoc Museum; Ganna Walska Lotusland; The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation (MOXI); Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences; Old Mission Santa Barbara; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden; Santa Barbara Historical Museum; Santa Barbara Maritime Museum; Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History & Sea Center; Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation; Santa Barbara Zoo; and Wilding Museum of Art & Nature.
“We all want our museums and institutions to be inclusive and to be places where all in our community feel welcome. We know there are certain people who, for a variety of reasons, don’t choose to visit museums,” Robin Gose, president and CEO of MOXI, said.
“This county-wide embrace of the Museums for All program is an important step in removing a barrier to attendance. We hope that by offering free or reduced admission, we are eliminating financial reasons for not visiting. For MOXI, it is especially important to offer equitable access to families with children because every child deserves the same opportunities to learn and thrive by having fun learning experiences outside the home or classroom.”
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History President and CEO Luke Swetland said that the collaboration between museums and Museum for All “activates the transformative power of the county’s museums and culture institutions.”
“For those among us who are most economically challenged, these needs are acute and urgent, though too often ignored or sidelined. The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is proud and humble to be a part of this effort to raise all of us up together,” he said.