History Center Boosts Access Through ‘Museums for All’

The Orange County Regional History Center has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The program, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums, seeks to encourage all members of the community, regardless of income level, to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

“The program is part of the History Center’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences,” said Michael Perkins, the History Center’s director. “Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the United States are reaching their entire communities.”

Museums for All supports people who receive food assistance (SNAP) benefits. When museum guests present a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer card at the History Center, they will receive free admission for up to four people. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 500 museums across the country.

Across the nation, participating institutions in the Museums for All initiative include art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more.

In 2019, the History Center was named one of ten recipients of the IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service — the highest honor given to museums and libraries across the nation. The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a historic courthouse at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando, features four floors of permanent and limited-run exhibitions. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.


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