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Magnes is now part of the Museums for All access program

February 7, 2024

[Berkeley]—The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life joins its campus peers BAMPFA, Lawrence Hall of Science, and UC Botanical Garden in participating in Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).

Participating museums provide free or reduced admission to visitors presenting an EBT card. With a year-round, open-door policy, Museums for All encourages people of all backgrounds to visit cultural institutions regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits. 

Museums for All amplifies the Magnes’s commitment to public access. “Although we already offer free admission to all visitors, participating in this important national program helps potential visitors identify the Magnes as a welcoming space.” said Hannah Weisman, Executive Director of The Magnes. “We are proud to join our campus colleagues in the Museums for All program and to send the message that UC Berkeley’s museums are for everyone.

The partnership with Museums for All connects the Magnes with peer institutions locally and nationally that also value community and civic engagement. Since its launch in 2014, this access program has served more than 8 million visitors nationwide at more than 1,200 institutions including art museums, children’s museums, science centers, botanical gardens, zoos, history museums, and more. Participating museums are located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Magnes is open during UC Berkeley’s academic year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Sundays from 11am to 4pm, and Thursdays from 11am to 7pm. It is conveniently located at 2121 Allston Way, just steps away from the Downtown Berkeley BART station and adjacent to the westside of the UC Berkeley campus.

Museums for All

About the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, a museum and research center at the University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s preeminent Jewish museums. The Magnes connects people of all backgrounds with the history, vibrancy, and diversity of Jewish life around the world through its collections-based exhibitions and programs.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. Their mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Their grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

About Association of Children’s Museums (ACM)

The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) champions children’s museums worldwide. With more than 460 members in 50 states and 16 countries, ACM leverages the collective knowledge of children’s museums through convening, sharing, and dissemination. Learn more at www.childrensmuseums.org.

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