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Mystic Seaport Museum Launches Program Offering Free Admission to SNAP EBT Participants

Mystic, Conn. (July 21, 2022) – Mystic Seaport Museum has launched a program under its Caring for our Community initiative to encourage a diverse audience to visit the Museum by offering free general admission to those receiving food assistance (SNAP). The program will run from September 6 through December 31, 2022 and provides free general admission for six people (up to 2 adults per group) with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.

Through this program the Museum 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. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 850 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of the Mystic Seaport Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.

Funding for this program was made possible through a paddle raise campaign which took place at Mystic Seaport Museum’s America and the Sea Gala in October of 2021. Funds were initially raised to offer free admission to children this past summer but were reallocated for this new program when Governor Ned Lamont reinstated the CT Summer at the Museum initiative for the 2022 summer season.

“We are committed to leveling the playing field by making the Museum more accessible and by nurturing an environment of inclusion and diversity for our local community and beyond,” says Museum President, Peter Armstrong. Admission will provide visitors access to world class exhibitions, including the extraordinary exhibit “Sargent, Whistler & Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano” opening October 15 and organized in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Tickets for this program can be purchased online or in person. Learn more about our Caring for Our Community here.


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About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Museum’s grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. For more information, please visit mysticseaport.org and follow the Museum on FacebookTwitterYouTube, and Instagram.