Five Worcester-area museums to offer discount for EBT card holders | EcoTarium

Five Worcester-area museums to offer discount for EBT card holders

Families to enjoy transformational benefits of museums
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Five Worcester area museums have joined together to offer a three-month discount for all Massachusetts residents with Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards.  From October 1 through December 31, EBT card holders can present their card for a discounted $2 per person cash admission at the EcoTarium, Museum of Russian Icons, Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Worcester Art Museum, and Worcester Historical Museum.  

“Each of our five institutions is deeply rooted in and committed to this community,” said EcoTarium President Joe Cox.  “Being accessible to all Massachusetts residents – so that everyone can enjoy and benefit from the abundant and transformative cultural resources within our doors -- is a fundamental part of our respective missions.” 

According to Adam Rozan, director of audience engagement at the Worcester Art Museum, the EBT card program will bring tremendous value to residents across the region.  “Worcester is rich with cultural and educational opportunities, but I think many people assume that participating in them is financially out of reach,” Mr. Rozan said.  “We look forward to welcoming them and showing them all that this community has to offer.”

The museum discount applies for up to four people per card, per visit during regular business hours and cannot be combined with other offers or used for special events.  The admission fee must be paid in cash. Credit card or check transactions cannot be processed for this program.

“Each of these institutions is a gem in Central Massachusetts, and the timing of this opportunity is most relevant as the fall season begins to settle in,” said State Senator Harriette L. Chandler. “I hope individuals and families will take advantage of this time to visit, learn, and experience how enriching one day at a museum can be.”

The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) administers benefits through EBT cards to help low-income individuals and families meet their basic needs, increase their incomes and improve their quality of life. Serving one out of every eight people in the Commonwealth, DTA is an agency within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services and ensures that the emergency and transitional needs of the individuals and families of the Commonwealth are met through a combination of state and federally-funded programs.

“This generous offer from the Worcester area museums will help more children experience that ‘wow’ moment that comes from visiting a museum for the first time,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services John Polanowicz, who oversees the state’s transitional assistance programs. “Access to cultural learning opportunities helps kids get their creative energy going which plants the seeds of higher learning that last a lifetime.”

About the EcoTarium
The EcoTarium, located at 222 Harrington Way in Worcester, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays 12 to 5 p.m.  For more information, visit

About the Museum of Russian Icons
The Museum of Russian Icons, located at 203 Union Street in Clinton, is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday evenings until 7 p.m.  For more information, visit

About Tower Hill Botanical Garden
Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located at 11 French Drive in Boylston, is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  For more information, visit

About Worcester Art Museum
The Worcester Art Museum, located at 55 Salisbury Street in Worcester, is open Wednesday through Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and every third Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  For more information, visit

About Worcester Historical Museum
The Worcester Historical Museum, located at 30 Elm Street in Worcester, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and every fourth Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.  For more information, visit


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