Museum Programs Expand Accessibility
Wonder Fund Opens Doors for All
An important goal at Wonderscope is ensuring that all children and families may attend the museum no matter their ability to pay. Programs, like the Wonder Fund and Museums for All, open doors to affordable admission, annual membership and even field trips for Title 1 schools in the area.
"We are committed to accessibility and diversity," said Roxane Hill, Executive Director. "Through special admission and membership programs, we hope to make museum visits affordable so that all families may experience high-quality learning through play."
The Wonder Fund is a donor-supported program that allows families who meet federal poverty guidelines to qualify for greatly reduced annual memberships and field trips. Families pay a $5 application fee and are subject to approval. Then, they receive a 12-month membership that provides free admission to the museum and special events for their immediate family, discounts on birthday parties, and more. Title I schools in Cass, Jackson, Clay and Platte counties in Missouri and Johnson, Wyandotte and Leavenworth in Kansas are eligible for Wonder Fund field trip assistance.
Museums for All is a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense that allows underserved families to visit museums, including Wonderscope, at a reduced price. Families must present a valid SNAP or EBT card at the Welcome Desk. Families may also visit any participating museum year-round at that museum's reduced admission price.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day, active duty military personnel and Blue Star members receive free admission to Wonderscope for up to five accompany family members. Guests must show their valid military I.D. at the time of ticket purchase.
Learn more and apply for Wonder Fund assistance HERE. Help more families access the museum by making a tax-deductible donation HERE.
For more information about field trip assistance through the Wonder Fund, contact Kelly Mipanyarack.