Bishop Museum Announces Free Admission for SNAP Beneficiaries

Hawaii residents receiving food assistance benefits will soon be able to travel to the Bishop Museum in Honolulu for free.

The museum joins the “Museums for everyoneinitiative. This is a nationwide program under the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums, that provides free admission to the museum to residents who receive SNAP benefits.

Presentation of a SNAP Benefits Electronic Transfer Card will grant free regular admission for up to four people.

There is also free parking for one vehicle. Bypass the parking payment and check in at the museum counter in the Pacifica shop.

“This gives us the opportunity to really do our part to ensure that all members of the community have access to the museum. This is our opportunity to remove barriers that would hinder a local family who may not have the additional disposable income to visit the museum,” said Brandon Bunag, vice president of public programming at the Bishop Museum.

More than 850 institutions participate in the “Museums for All” initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, etc. Participating museums are located across the country, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the US Virgin Islands.

“We recognize where we are. We are surrounded by a community with a large immigrant population. The schools closest to us are Title I schools, which indicates that there is a large population low-income families,” Bunag said.

Free admission to the Bishop Museum for EBT cardholders begins Friday, November 4.

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