New Program Makes Discovery Place More Accessible to Low Income Families

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Through a new program called Welcome, Discovery Place is making its hands-on learning museums, IMAX movies and exhibits more accessible. For families on public assistance who show an EBT (electronic benefit transfer) or WIC (Women, Infants and Children) card, admission is only $1 for up to six people.

The reduced admission adjustment comes after collaboration with United Way to determine agencies that serve low-income families, including Loaves and Fishes and Mecklenburg County Social Services. Discovery Place hopes families who may have once considered the museum out of their reach will now bring come and explore the museum’s exhibits with their children. The reduced-rate follows a model set by the Association of Children's Museums Museums for All initiative that advocates access for all families to museums. The reduced admission is also offered at Discovery Place’s satellite centers, including Discovery Place KIDS in Huntersville and the Charlotte Nature Museum. Full-price admission for adults costs up to $15 for adults and $12 for children at Discovery Place and $10 at the Discovery Place Kids museums.