BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Today the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH) announced new initiatives to increase access to cultural resources through its enrollment in a new program to provide discounted admission for low-income families and the return of special discount admission days for seniors, students, and families. 

NMIH 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 NMIH for a minimal fee of $3 per person, up to four people, with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (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 NMIH’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences. 

NMIH will also be reinstating its special half-off discount days (regular prices listed below) that were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting this Wednesday, November 3rd, Half Price Senior Days resume the first Wednesday of each month and this Thursday, November 4th, Half Price Student Days (with a current student ID) resume the first Thursday of each month.

The Lehigh Valley community and traveling guests can take advantage of Family Sundays, resuming on November 7th, offering free admission to all children under 12 years old when accompanied by an adult.

“Museums enhance the quality of life for all in the community and through these programs, we aim to increase the accessibility of NMIH as a cultural and educational resource for all ages and backgrounds,” said Kara Mohsinger, President and CEO of the Museum. NMIH also offers several free community events throughout the year including its upcoming Veterans Day celebration which offers complimentary admission to veterans and their families.

In addition to the 18,000 sq. ft. main exhibit space featuring artifacts on loan from Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, guests can now explore the museum’s new outdoor Foundry Park with original artifacts from Bethlehem Steel on display. Visitors can enhance their experience and dive deeper into the Industrial Revolution with NMIH’s free mobile guide, designed to enhance the Museum experience with additional images, videos, and information about our artifacts. 

NMIH admission prices are now as follows and include access to the newly opened Foundry Park and our mobile tours. Guided tours, private event rentals, and group discounts are available upon advance request. 

Adults: $15
Senior/Veterans: $12
Students: $10
Youth: $10
Children 6 and under: FREE

About the National Museum of Industrial History (NMIH)
A Smithsonian Institution-affiliate, the National Museum of Industrial History is dedicated to preserving America’s rich industrial heritage. Housed in an 18,000-square-foot, 100-year-old former Bethlehem Steel facility on the largest private brownfield in America, the Museum is home to exciting exhibits, engaging programs, and amazing history. Learn more at nmih.org.

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 them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)
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.

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