Access for Everyone Programs


Access for Everyone programs serve our community by providing a place for all guests to explore, build curiosity, and connect with their families —regardless of barriers. The Manitowoc County Historical Society’s Access Program increases accessibility to learning resources and programs for low-income families.

As part of the Museums for All national initiative, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), MCHS builds upon its commitment to seek, include and welcome all audiences with affordable membership and reduced daily admission fees.

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Access Programs

$1 Access Admission:

The $1 Access Admission program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in exploring the stories of our past at the Manitowoc County Historical Society. This admission rate is available every day the museum is open, to families that qualify for Family Access Memberships. Check the list of qualifying programs below. If you qualify, ask for the Access Admission rate at the front desk, no proof necessary.

$20+ Family Access Memberships:

The $20+ Access Membership program removes financial barriers, allowing families to engage in learning and sharing lifelong memories. Subsidized memberships are available to families that qualify through public assistance or certain education programs. Check the list above to see if you qualify. Family Access memberships are available for a minimum of $20, but we ask that families give as much as they are able. These memberships are available in person, by phone, or by mail. Participants in our Family Access Membership level also may take part in our Summer Camp at no charge.


How it works

Access for Everyone programs are available to individuals and families through Museums For All, upon presenting a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card, and a valid form of photo ID. Museums for All admission rates are offered for up to four individuals per EBT card. Come back anytime! There’s no limit to how often you can visit through Museums for All.

Qualifying programs:


BadgerCare Plus


Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Free/Reduced School Lunch





Head Start

Foster Care



When you visit the museum between May 15 and June 15, our front desk staff will ask if you would like to add a gift to support Access for Everyone programs. For each gift, you can decorate a leaf for our Access for Everyone tree.