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Museums for All Columbus

The Conservatory is proud to be a member of Museums for All Columbus. We offer qualifying individuals admission at a reduced rate.

Participants in SNAP, EBT, WIC and Medicaid are eligible for $3 general admission and special engagement tickets. Our Access Members also now qualify for $3 special engagement tickets.

Proof of Access Family membership or Snap, EBT, WIC or Medicaid will be required at the time of check-in at the front desk. Tickets can be reserved in person at the time of your visit or over the phone or online before your visit.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Museums for All?

Museums for All is a way to make museum visits low or no cost for people that get food assistance (also known as SNAP benefit). Museums for All is a national program focused on removing the barriers to visiting museums and cultural centers.

In 2020, six Columbus museums made a commitment to come together to become one of a few Museums for All Hub Cities. Furthermore, every museum made a pledge to dig deeper to understand the additional barriers that prevent people from visiting museums.

What museums are included? 

There are six museums in Columbus that are a part of Museums for All. They are:

How does it work?

1. Go to the museum website that you wish to visit.
2. Read how to get your tickets. You can reserve your ticket online for some museums and you can get your tickets in person for other museums.
3. Bring your EBT card (also known as SNAP benefit) to the front desk or guest services. The most you’ll pay for a regular visit is $3 per person. And that’s it!

Why did Columbus want to become a Museums for All Hub City? 

Many of our museums already offered access programs, including Museums for All. Two years ago, the Columbus Foundation hosted a one-day event called the Big Explore. Columbus museums were a part of the day, which offered free access. Attendance was record-breaking and reinforced that there are many more people we can and want to serve. The Big Explore gave us the awareness that through collaboration, we can make our spaces more accessible.

Is low cost and free access enough to get people to visit? 

No. Low cost and free access is not enough to get people to visit museums. While COVID-19 halted our plans to launch in 2020, we continued talking about the underlying issues to access. National data shows that Museums for All visits make up a small fraction of total museum visits. It shows that low and free cost is not the only or key factor in why someone chooses not to visit a museum.

That is when we made the pledge to:

● Engage in a practice of listening with underserved and underrepresented people;
● Examine and align operations and resources to support the work;
● Re-evaluate and re-design programming;
● Re-evaluate and redesign communication practices.

How is the Columbus Foundation involved?

The Columbus Foundation partnered with all six museums to help identify underserved and underrepresented people and led us through an intensive, week-long, deep listening exercise. They helped us create new ideas to explore how to make museums more welcoming and a place of belonging.

What discounts are included?

Each museum is a little different. Some museums are free and some are $1-3 per person. Many museums have special exhibits and they might cost more. Visit the museum’s website to get exact information.

How many other folks get in with one qualifying benefit holder?

It depends on the museum. Visit the museum’s website for exact information.

What if I need more information about the Conservatory's Museums for All program?

Please contact us! Visit our front desk, call 614-715-8002 or email info@fpconservatory.org.

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