Museums for All

As of January 2, 2021, The Putnam Museum and Science Center is a member of 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. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting the Putnam for a minimal fee of $1 per person for households with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of the Putnam’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.

"The Putnam is pleased to join museums across the country in the Museums for All program," Putnam President/CEO Rachael Mullins said. "The program will welcome even more families to the Putnam and allow us greater representation of and impact on the community we serve."

Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 500 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children's museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing 48 states.

The Putnam's Museums for All program is sponsored by 3M, Family Credit Union, and the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.

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About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at


Click here to download the Putnam Museums for All flyer in English. Click here for the Putnam Museums for All flyer in Spanish. 

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