New Bedford Whaling Museum Joins Initiative to Bridge Income Inequality in the Arts

Increases Access for Low-income Residents with “EBT Card to Culture Program”

New Bedford, Mass. – The New Bedford Whaling Museum has announced its participation in the EBT Card to Culture Program, the most comprehensive effort of its kind in the nation to open doors to arts and cultural experiences for low-income families. The Whaling Museum will extend an admission discount to visitors that present a Massachusetts Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Adults and youth will pay only $3 per person for up to six people per card as part of the program.

“The Museum is continually exploring ways to enhance learning, foster creativity, and celebrate culture in our community and beyond,” said Michelle Taylor, Chief Administrative Officer, New Bedford Whaling Museum. “The EBT Card to Culture Program will help the residents of our community and region have an equal opportunity to experience the Museum and its educational content.”

The Whaling Museum will not process EBT. Cash or another form of payment must be provided for admission. This discount program is being offered in collaboration with the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Baker-Polito Administration.

“In our new strategic plan the Mass Cultural Council envisions a Commonwealth where culture is inclusive, accessible, and embraces our diversity,” said Anita Walker, Executive Director, Massachusetts Cultural Council. “The EBT Card to Culture Program is an important step toward achieving that vision in concert with our amazing partners in the cultural community. We look forward to expanding the reach of this program in the months and years to come.”


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of human interaction with whales through time, and the history and culture of the South Coast region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Museum hours: April through December, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January through March, Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Admission is free for Museum members and children aged three and under; adults $17, seniors (65+) $15, students (19+) $10, child and youth $7. For more information visit