Admission began officially in July of 2018. More than 2,000 families have enrolled since the program’s creation last year. It’s clear how much this program has broadened access to the Museum—90% of enrolled families have no prior relationship to the Museum through memberships or other meaningful engagements. For many of these children, this is the first time they have experienced STEM concepts in the unique atmosphere of the Museum.
As the second year of the program approaches, the Museum is preparing to offer free lifetime memberships to the families who have taken advantage of the program most frequently. In addition to the perks afforded to all Museum members—free admission, bonus passes, exclusive events, early registration for programming, and more—a membership ensures a permanent benefit for families who are accustomoed to unpredictability,
While the program focuses on foster children, family-driven outreach is at its heart. Every child in a participating family, whether fostered, adopted, or biological, receives the benefits of the partnership. The emphasis on discovering the Museum as a family adds a special element of unity and connection that is desperately needed by all members of a foster household.
“Thank you for giving our family experiences we will never forget,” says a participating parent. “Memories of our kids’ time at the Museum will be unforgettable and will also give them the courage to try new things in other parts of their lives.”
The Museum of Science is committed to offering transformative experiences to as many visitors as possible, especially those who have historically been left out of the global conversation around science and technology. The Museum, DCF, and the Wonderfund are hopeful that, through their partnership, the state’s foster children will have the opportunity to add their voice. It is only through the incredible generosity of donors that the Museum can so effectively reach this community. With their continued support, this partnership can grow and offer even more to deserving families in our state.
For more details about eligibility for this partnership and how it works, please visit wonderfundma.org.