Iowa Children’s Museum expands free admission to qualifying families

The Iowa Children’s Museum has launched a new program that will provide free admission for qualifying families any day the museum is open to the public.

The Coralville museum announced it joined Museums for All, a program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which provides free or reduced admission to visitors who receive food assistance.

More than 900 museums across America participate in the program. In Iowa, those include the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, the African American Museum in Iowa, Dubuque Museum of Art and the Des Moines Children’s Museum.

The mission of the Iowa Children’s Museum, according to its website, is “to inspire every child to imagine, create, discover and explore through the Power of Play.”

Jeff Capps, executive director of the Iowa Children’s Museum, told the Press-Citizen the museum had discussed joining Museums for All for some time, and the staff was aware of other children’s museums had taken advantage of the opportunity.

Brielle Miller, Binette Miller, and KJ Miller sit together on the new

“We just really felt like it was time for us to try to do something (and) take a next step in that regard of making the museum truly accessible for all,” he said.

The Iowa Children’s Museum is located in the Coral Ridge Mall.

Capps said the two words in their mission statement, “every child,” is something the museum evaluates often.

“Are we really making good on that part?” Capps said.

The museum has done ICM for Everyone for about two decades, a program Capps said he felt has been “impactful.” The program offers free membership for a year for economically disadvantaged families. Families can access an application for the program through United Action for Youth, Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and more.

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