2 Local Museums Offer Free Admission For Furloughed Federal Employees

Jan 25, 2019

Furloughed workers offered free admission
Credit GRAM / artmuseumgr.org

The Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum have joined a growing list of institutions across the nation in offering free admission for furloughed employees and their families.  This, as the Government shutdown reaches its 35th day.

 “We are joining other museums across the country that are offering free admission to federal employees and their families and up to three guests.  Free admission.

That’s Dana Fris Hansen, Director and CEO of the Grand Rapids Art Museum.  He says yesterday’s announcement is already having an impact.

“It’s wonderful.  Already. We announced this yesterday and today we had families come and enjoy the work at the Art Museum.”

Fris Hansen says GRAM along with the Children’s Museum is offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their families. All they have to do is show their federal I.D. and they along with 3 guests can enjoy the museum.  He says it’s in appreciation for those work in the federal government sector.

“We don’t want cost to be a burden. And we know that these people who are dedicated to our country and to their job but may be on furlough, we want to welcome them into the museum. We them to come enjoy the opportunities we have and everything that’s free with admission, whether it’s the tours or hands on activities on Saturdays.”

Grand Rapids joins art, public and history museums, as well as cultural institutions such as botanical gardens and wildlife preserves across 29 states and the District of Columbia that are now offering free admission to furloughed federal workers.