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Warm Welcome Program at The Montshire Museum of Science

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Want to check out the cool exhibits at the Montshire Museum of Science but can't afford it at $11 per kid? The Norwich museum recently expanded its warm welcome program, which gives admission discounts to low-income families. For many years, the museum has offered passes to social-service agencies, which in turn distributed them to local families. But associate director Jennifer Rickards says making arrangements to get the pass created an unnecessary barrier to entry. "We wanted to make it easier for people to just walk through the door," she says. Now, all families need to do is show an EBT or Medicaid card to gain entry at a much lower cost. Says Rickards, "Our goal is to make the museum feel like a place for everyone."

Warm Welcome Program: The museum offers $2/person admission and $15 memberships to any family that shows an EBT or Medicaid card, or a letter confirming their participation in the Free or Reduced Price School Meals Program. For more information, visit montshire.org.

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