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Washington State History Museum even more accessible to lower-income visitors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
October 23, 2014


TACOMA... 
Trying to make ends meet is hard enough, but including visits to cultural institutions in the family budget can be even tougher. The Washington State History Museum, as part of a new program to increase public access to Washington State history, now offers a reduced rate of $1 per person or $2 per family to patrons presenting their Washington Quest EBT Cards at admissions.

The History Museum already participates in several free admission days throughout the year, including Free Third Thursday each month and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Those days don’t always work out for visitors, depending on transportation, illness, kids’ schedules, and other factors. The reduced admission for holders of the Quest card is an effort to make the museum even more accessible, particularly to those Washingtonians for whom price is a significant barrier.

“It’s an important part of our mission to share Washington’s history with all of its residents,” explains Jennifer Kilmer, Director of the Washington State Historical Society. “Visiting the museum provides an informal educational setting that helps connect us to history and each other. It’s our goal to make that experience as accessible and inclusive as possible.”

To receive the discounted rate, visitors need to present their Washington Quest EBT card at admissions, much like they would with a membership card, but the EBT card cannot be used to purchase the admission.

Washington State History Museum
Founded in 1891, just two years after Washington became a state, the Washington State Historical Society (WSHS) is now into its second century of service dedicated to the collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington’s rich and varied history. The Historical Society is comprised of a family of museums and a research center, offering a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, children, and lifelong learners. By connecting personal, local, regional, and national stories to the universality of the human experience, and collecting materials from our state that help tell those stories, the Washington State Historical Society is indispensable to the people of Washington. WSHS served over 90,000 people last year with exhibits that gained national attention and valuable school field trips. 

www.WashingtonHistory.org
1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Hours: 10am – 5pm, Wednesday – Sunday
3rd Thursday of Every Month: 10am – 8pm, with free admission from 2pm – 8pm

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kimberly Ketcham, Marketing & Communications Director
253-789-5902
kimberly.ketcham@wshm.wa.gov