The Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are reporting a dramatic increase in the use of the ACCESS EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card admission program. That program allows individuals on government assistance, including foster children and their caregivers, low-income residents, the elderly and disabled people, to come to the museum for drastically reduced price....$1.
Lynn Zelevansky, the director of the Carnegie Museum of Art , says in 2007, before the program was widely marketed 171 visitors took part in the program and this year they expect 11,000 people will benefit from the ACCESS discount....
"All visitors have to do is show up, present their ACCESS EBT card and pay just $1 to visit. The program is special in that it eliminates price as a barrier year-round and allows people to visit at their convenience, not just on one or two free days a year when the museum is packed and the experience is not always ideal."
The $1 ACCESS admission is accepted at the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, the Carnegie Science Center and the Andy Warhol Museum. The museums accept ACCESS cards from all states.