MOSI to be first Florida institution to increase accessibility to low-income families with Museums for All

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MOSI is proud to announce their participation in a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institution for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) titled Museums for All beginning Jan. 1, 2015. This effort offers access to programs that encourage families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. MOSI will be the first institution in the state of Florida to take part in this program.

Museums for All will enable low-income families to visit MOSI year-round for a minimal fee. Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Florida residents baring an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and a photo ID will be granted access for up to five (5) guests for $3 per person. Guests will be able to enjoy access to all of MOSI’s exhibit galleries, including Kids in Charge!, Disasterville and 3D Printing the Future: the Exhibition with their $3 admission.

“The Museums for All initiative represents a long stride toward our goal of reaching more children and parents, especially those living in poverty, with the valuable learning resources of museums,” said IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth. “We know that only 43 percent of children in the lowest socioeconomic status visited museums in their kindergarten year, compared to 65 percent of children in the highest SES. The disparity of access to learning resources between children of affluence and those in poverty has created a knowledge gap with serious implications for our nation’s economic prosperity.”

This initiative will allow MOSI to expand its reach and impact. By removing the financial barrier, Museums for All also removes the social and academic barrier children face when they are not able to take part in high quality museum experiences.

“Your zip code of birth or residence should not dictate your access to vital educational resources. Museums for All aligns with MOSI’s core ideology: to make science real for people of all ages and backgrounds,” said Molly Demeulenaere, Interim CEO and President of MOSI. “Allowing families access to these resources will help put an end to the early learning crisis we are facing. We want children to go to school equipped with the academic and social skills needed for success, and we want them to learn those skills here at MOSI.”

A complete list of museum participants is available on the ACM website at www.childrensmuseums.org/museums-for-all/museums-for-all.html.

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