Rockpile Museum Announces Access Program for Low-Income Families
Museums for All to increase accessibility of high-quality museum learning resources.
Today the Campbell County Rockpile Museum announced that it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. The program supports those receiving food assistance (SNAP) benefits visiting the Rockpile Museum for a minimal fee of $3.00 per person, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The Rockpile Museum will also extend this benefit to those in the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) with the presentation of a WIC EBT card. Similar free and reduced admission is available to eligible members of the public at more than 700 museums across the country. Museums for All is part of the Rockpile Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.
Museums for All helps expand access to museums and also raise public awareness about how museums in the U.S. are reaching their entire communities. More than 700 institutions participate in the initiative, including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands.
"By participating in Museums for All, we hope to be a more welcoming place so that a wider segment of the Campbell County community can enjoy our exhibits and programs,” said Rockpile Museum Board President Lucas Fralick. “Joining this program shows the museum’s commitment to providing access while also generating the revenue necessary to sustain our programming. Admissions fees and other earned income provide crucial support for the care of the museum’s collections, the development of exhibitions, and the presentation of public programs and educational activities.”
About the Campbell County Rockpile Museum (CCRM): The Campbell County Rockpile Museum focuses on local and regional history with an emphasis on the culture and people of Campbell County, Wyoming, and the Powder River Basin. The Rockpile Museum has exhibits about each of the different periods in the history of the Powder River Basin. The museum houses large collections of fossils, Native American artifacts, rifles, saddles, horse-drawn vehicles, and energy industry equipment. There are also numerous hands-on exhibits for visitors of all ages to touch and learn from and four videos related to the mining, transportation, and use of coal from the local mines. The museum has a full schedule of temporary exhibits and educational programming each year. Learn more about the museum at our website rockpilemuseum.com.
About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM): The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With more than 460 members in 50 states and 19 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.