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Edison and Ford Winter Estates to give museum access to low-income families

By Staff | Jul 25, 2021

Visitors learn about Thomas Edison's and Henry Ford's inventions in the Timeline of Innovation exhibit at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. PHOTO PROVIDED

Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers has joined Museums for All to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

Starting Aug. 1, individuals and families of up to four people receiving food assistance benefits will be admitted for a self-guided tour when they present their SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card; special events and Holiday Nights admission are not included.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates includes the historic winter homes of inventors Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, a 15,000-square-foot museum, the botanic research laboratory, and more than 20 acres of botanic gardens with plants and trees from around the world. The site is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week. Visitors can download an app or call a number to listen to a narrated tour.

Museums for All is a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Association of Children’s Museums. It helps raise awareness and expand public access to museums within each community. More than 700 organizations across the country participate, including museums, science centers, botanical gardens, and zoos. Partnering museums are located nationwide, representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands.

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. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. For more information, visit www.imls.gov or follow on Facebook and Twitter.

The Association of Children’s Museums champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 460 members in 50 states and 19 countries, it leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.