Museums For All

Museums For All

Through Museums for All, those on food assistance (SNAP benefits) can receive $2 admission to the Grout Museum District simply by presenting their EBT card.

The Grout Museum District is proud to be a part of 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 or WIC visiting the Grout Museum District for a minimal fee of $2.00 per person for Museum Admission and $1 per person for the Planetarium, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.  

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum, the Phelps Youth Pavillion and the Cedar Valley Arboretum and Botanic Gardens have partnered with the Grout Museum District for Museums for All, making Waterloo, IA a Hub City!

Museums for All FAQs 

How does Museums for All work? 
Through Museums for All, the GMD offers $2.00 admission for up to four people with the presentation of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card or WIC and a valid form of photo ID. 

Do I need to register for anything? 
No. Simply visit the GMD and show your SNAP EBT or WIC card and a photo ID, and you will receive $2.00 admission for up to four people, as often as you’d like. Planetarium shows are $1 admission for up to four people, with the cost of Museum Admission.

Do I pay for admission with my SNAP EBT or WIC card? 
No. The SNAP EBT cards are simply used by their bearers as identification, showing that they are eligible for the $2.00 Museums for All admission rate. You must use cash, credit card, or check as payment.  

I have one SNAP EBT or WIC card. How many people can get the Museums for All rate with that card? 
Each SNAP EBT or WIC card allows up to four people to get the Museums for All rate. 

Can I use WIC or something other than SNAP to get the Museums for All rate? 
Yes, we also accept WIC along with an ID. 

Museums for All is part of the Grout Museum District’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 500 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 48 states. 

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
About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) champions children's museums worldwide. With more than 400 members in 48 states and 20 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children's museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at