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Sponsored Admission Program

Thanks to the generosity of donors and grants, the Virginia Discovery Museum is proud to partner with more than 30 community agencies in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area to help make our educational programs and exhibits accessible to children and their families. Annually, the Museum waives admission for more than 3,000 visitors from these organizations through our Sponsored Admission Program.*

New Sponsored Admission Partner

We’re excited to welcome City of Promise as our newest partner program!


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Sponsored Admission Partners

*Employees of partner agencies receive free admission to the Museum under the Sponsored Admission Program when meeting with client families in a professional capacity. Partner agency employees visiting VDM in a personal capacity are asked to pay admission or purchase a membership.

Sponsored Groups & Trips

How Does This Program Work?

  1. Family Visits
    Family Visits

    If you are a member of one of the Museum’s Sponsored Admission Partner organizations, simply identify your organization at the front desk on your next visit. If you have Medicaid, please present your Medicaid card. You and your family (adults and children living in the same household) receive free, all-day admission to the Museum and may come and go as much as you wish from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Click here to learn more about Museum hours, directions, parking, and public transportation.

  2. Group Visits & Field Trips
    Group Visits & Field Trips

    If your organization is listed under the Museum’s Sponsored Groups & Trips, your organization receives free admission for scheduled groups of 6-40 children, plus required chaperones.

    Click here to learn more about the Museum’s guidelines and requirements for booking a trip.