Got an ACCESS card? Then you’ve literally got access to tons of fun things to do in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. Many moms in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are unaware of the perks that come with at one point in your life having been a part of the population that has owned an ACCESS card. (FYI, an ACCESS card is very similar to a debit card, but is given to families who participate in Food Stamp, Cash or Medical Assistance) In Pennsylvania in particular, having an ACCESS card comes with the advantage of one’s ability to literally “Access” museums and play spaces at minimal cost. All of these spaces are kid-friendly, making the activities ideal spots for families who are experiencing financial troubles, but still want to enjoy time together outside of their homes. So, if you don’t know, now you know. Here is a list of museums and other play spaces that will grant you access on the cheap with your ACCESS card.
Pittsburgh ACCESS Card Discounts
The Children’s Museum offers $2 per person admission to up to 4 members of your family. Regular admission is $14 per adult, $13 per child and children under 2 are free. So it’s a pretty significant discount. Even if your family consist of 5 people, you’re still only paying just over $20. Plus, the Children’s Museum is at least 2 hours of fun for kids 10 and under. That’s enough for you to make your “we went out today” quota and get your kids home in time for quiet time or nap time. Click here for their website.
Carnegie Science Center
The Science Center offers a very similar discount program for ACCESS cardholders. Their admission price is $3 per person for up to 4 household members. At the Science Center ACCESS holders can use both their SNAP (food stamp) cards or their Medical Benefit ACCESS cards. Click here for their website (the information is all the way at the bottom of the page.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
The Carnegie Museum also offer $2 per person admission to a family of 4. If you have a 5th member of your family, you can also use your Port Authority bus pass to get $1 off regular admission. The cost to enter the Museum of Natural History is $17.95. Which is quite pricey for most middle-class families, and families who are experiencing financial hardships. Click here to find more information about their discount programs.
The Andy Warhol Museum also offers $1 admission to families of 4. Click here for more about the ACCESS card discount program.
Philadelphia ACCESS Card Discounts
State-issued ACCESS cards offer general admission to the Academy for only $2 (limit 4 people), excluding special exhibits. Cardholders must present their ACCESS Card and a valid photo ID to receive the discount
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. ACCESS card holders pay $2 for a family of 4.
The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia is the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. Founded in 1926, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years. ACCESS Card Holders: $2 per adult and children over 5.
Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early-modern paintings. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture. ACCESS cardholders $2.
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Admission is $2 for ACCESS card holders.
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region’s primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. ACCESS cardholders $2.
Spend time with family and friends exploring the Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers. $2 admission for ACCESS Cardholders.
America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. The museum helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and to appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. ACCESS cardholders receive $2 admission.
The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” ACCESS cardholders receive $2 admission.
The National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Present your state-issued ACCESS/EBT card (along with valid photo ID) to receive $2 general admission for up to 4 family members.
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from. One (1) ACCESS Card admits up to four (4) family members at a rate of $2 per person. Admission is to be paid by the visitor, not through their EBT card.
Through the rare combination of our spectacular galleries, our internationally known school of fine arts, and our public programs, PAFA strives to provide students and visitors alike with a unique and thrilling experience. ACCESS cardholders admission is $2.
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent is your gateway to the history of Philadelphia. In a city well known for historic events and places, the Philadelphia History Museum is the only cultural institution solely dedicated to Philadelphia history, from the founding of the city in 1680 to the present today. Present your ACCESS/EBT card and receive collection admission for up to four family members at $2 each.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia’s art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. Present your Pennsylvania ACCESS/EBT card and receive general admission for up to four adults at $2 each. Children 12 and under are free.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art. PMG preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. State-issued ACCESS cards offer general admission to PMG for only $2 per person (limit 4 people). Cardholders must present their ACCESS Card and a valid photo ID to receive the discount.
Please Touch Museum enriches the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play. This is where lifelong learning begins and curiosity is encouraged. ACCESS cardholders (those Pennsylvania residents who monitor their government issued cash, food, or medical benefits with an EBT card) are invited to visit the Please Touch Museum at a deeply discounted rate of $2.
Philadelphia’s discounted rate program is sponsored by ArtReach.