Governor Lamont announces the launch of a program allowing children to receive free admission to museums in Connecticut this summer


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Governor Lamont announces the launch of a program allowing children to receive free admission to museums in Connecticut this summer

Connecticut summer at the museum

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(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced the launch of Connecticut summer at the museum – a new state program created in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that allows Connecticut children free entry to more than 90 Connecticut museums during the summer months of 2021.

The program was initially proposed earlier this year by the governor as part of his broader plan to use some of the stimulus funding Connecticut receives to provide children and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences. His proposal was approved by the state legislature in the biennial state budget that he signed the law last week.

As part of the finalized program, from July 1 to September 6, 2021, all Connecticut children aged 18 and under – plus an accompanying adult – will receive free admission to any of the participating museums, including home museums. historical, historical sites, historical societies, art museums, children’s museums, science centers, specialized museums, natural history museums, university museums, arboretums / botanical gardens and zoos.

Participants include the Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, the Mystic Aquarium, and the Mystic Seaport Museum, among others.

The full list of participating museums is available at

“This program offers children a unique opportunity to enjoy the world-class museums and attractions offered in Connecticut, while having an experience that is both fun and educational.” Governor Lamont said. “Museums are centers of exploration, recreation and learning, and will play an important role in helping to provide opportunities for socio-emotional growth, mental health and education that were limited during the pandemic. I hope families take advantage of this unique opportunity taking place in Connecticut this summer. “

The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is funded by a $ 15 million investment from federal COVID-19 recovery funding that Connecticut receives from the American Rescue Plan Act. It is administered by the Arts Office of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development in partnership with Connecticut Humanities, and supported by an advertising campaign led by the Office of Tourism.

While any Connecticut museum can choose to participate in the program by offering free admission, eligible properties were given the opportunity to apply for Funding. Seventy scholarships were awarded, calculated based on the candidate’s income from admissions for the period July 1 to September 2, 2019. The minimum scholarship is $ 1,000.

“We are delighted to partner with museums of all types and sizes across the state to bring this important program to life,” Liz Shapiro, director of arts, preservation and museums at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, said. “We applaud all of the participating organizations for coming together to support Connecticut children in new ways and look forward to a summer filled with fun learning experiences.”

“The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program is one of many transformative investments the state is making to re-engage students, accelerate learning and provide support this summer,” Acting Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker said. “Under Governor Lamont’s leadership, this collaboration between agencies and organizations is the best way to meet the academic and socio-emotional needs of students and ensure that learning takes place every day, everywhere.”

“We believe the best way to re-engage and energize children is through hands-on activities that not only expand their minds and imaginations, but inspire and empower them to take on their role in their communities and the world. ” Matt Fleury, president and CEO of Connecticut Science Center, said. “The Connecticut Summer at the Museum program allows us to reach even more young people in Connecticut when they need it most. We are delighted to partner with the State of Connecticut on this exciting initiative.

“Connecticut museums contribute to the diversity of tourism offerings and experiences available in our beautiful state,” Christine Castonguay, Acting Director of the Connecticut Tourism Board, said. “Despite their own challenges over the past year and a half, these companies continue to show us why they are so essential to our communities, our economy, and our overall quality of life here in Connecticut.”

Connecticut residents are encouraged to take advantage of the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program and share their experiences on social media using the hashtag # CTSummer museums.

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