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Opening Minds by Opening Doors: Family Museum Pass

Friends of the Railroad Museum, Lancaster, PAMany of us know that a library card can ‘unlock new worlds’ and introduce us to ideas and places we can’t travel on our own.  Thanks to the generosity of Community Foundation donors like Len Eiserer, local residents can use their library card to open actual doors and experience some of Lancaster County’s most engaging museums – for free.

The Family Museum Pass, which can be checked out at local libraries, allows one adult with a library card and three guests to enjoy free admission county museums. The popularity and success of the program has continued to grow for six years and now includes nine Lancaster County museums.

Because of the foresight of donors like Mr. Eiserer, we can utilize the Eiserer-Hickey Fund at the Community Foundation o support creative efforts like the Family Museum Pass to invite more families to enjoy interactive learning together.

The Museum passes can be checked out at local libraries and allow families free entry to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, Landis Valley Museum, Historic Ephrata Cloister, North Museum of Natural History & ScienceThe Lancaster Science Factory, National Watch & Clock Museum, 1719 Hans Herr House Museum and the National Toy Train Museum.

Renee Christiansen, the library system’s youth services manager and the person who spearheaded the program in 2006, said the museum passes are available at all 17 public libraries and the Bookmobile, giving local residents access to “the rich history and cultural heritage that Lancaster County has to offer.”

At the Community Foundation, we are grateful to donors who invest in the future of Lancaster County. We believe that a range of educational opportunities for everyone helps strengthen our work at creating  extraordinary community.