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Museums for All

Play is for Everyone

We are proud to share that The ICM has joined Museums for All and is expanding access to our hands-on exhibits!

Museum visitors who utilize SNAP, WIC, Medicaid, Hawki, Head Start, or Free School Lunch programs can now play in the museum free of charge any day that the museum is open to the public (Tues-Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.). 

“Our goal always is to be a welcoming, safe place where all children can learn through play,” said executive director, Jeff Capps. “Thanks to the generous support of our community, we are thrilled to add Museums for All to our accessibility programming and offer playful learning experiences to even more families.”

Joining Museums for All is part of The Iowa Children’s Museum’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences. For more than two decades, The ICM has offered free memberships to financially vulnerable families through the ICM for Everyone program. The museum also hosts free events each month, including STEM Family Free Night and Super Hero Night (for families with children with special health or sensory needs). The addition of free admission for qualifying families during regular business hours further expands their mission to inspire every child through the Power of Play.

“It’s been a long-standing effort of The ICM to offer up to 20-25% of our admissions free of charge each year,” said ICM board chair RaQuishia Harrington. “While we achieve that quite consistently, I am thrilled that we should now be able to lower barriers to access even further and have the opportunity to serve exponentially more people through this additional approach!”

The launch of this new program is made possible in part by generous support from the Community Foundation of Johnson County. The ICM invites you to join them in providing hands-on learning opportunities for all children by donating directly to the museum’s accessibility programming.  Go to or contact development director Jackie McCall at for more information.

Click here to learn more about the ICM for Everyone Program

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