The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology is proud to announce it has joined with hundreds of museums across the country in Museums for All, an access program that focuses on removing the barriers to visiting museums and cultural centers and encouraging individuals of all backgrounds to build lifelong museum habits. 

The cost of museum admission can be a barrier for many low-income families. Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 700 museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card.

Since the launch of the initiative in 2014/2015, Museums for All has served more than 3 million visitors nationwide at more than 700 museums of all varieties, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Admission to the Kelsey Museum is always free, but we are offering special Museums for All programming and take-home goodie bags. When we are able to safely reopen our gift shop, we will also offer program participants a store discount. 

Other Ann Arbor cultural institutions that offer Museums for All discounts are the University of Michigan Museum of Art, the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History, and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum.

Museums for All is an initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency based in Washington, D.C. The initiative is administered by the Association of Children’s Museums through a cooperative agreement with IMLS. It is the only nationally coordinated financial accessibility program in the museum field, providing an easy-to-implement structure and the ability for participating museums to customize their implementation. 

To learn more about Museums for All, visit To learn more about how to participate at the Kelsey, visit our website