Your Oregon Trail Card can do so much more than buy groceries and other items. The coolest attractions in Portland and Salem have some truly amazing Oregon Trail Card discounts. The EBT funds can also be used in some unusual places (like the Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative!).
Please note that the museums with green titles are Museums for All participants. These venues accept EBT cards from all 50 states, so you don’t have to be an Oregon resident to get these great deals!
Get discounted admission with your Oregon Trail Card!
For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city.
Albany Regional Museum – Donation Only
My kids would LOVE to visit Albany Regional Museum, just for the train exhibits! Click here to see more of their exhibits.
This is not an Oregon Trail specific discount. The Albany Regional Museum operates by donations only. If you can afford it, they suggest a donation of $2 for adults, $1 for youths age 10 and older, or $5 per family. Anyone 10 and under is always free.
City Pools – $10 for 10 visits
Get a 10 visit punch card to two Albany City pools for just $10, instead of the standard $30+ rate! Just show your Oregon Trail card and request the subsidized card at City Hall’s Parks & Recreation counter (located at 333 Broadalbin S.W). These cards are only available as long as funding lasts, but if you use your card you may be able to request another as long as the cards are still available. (Source)
ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum – $2 per person
ScienceWorks is an interactive science center designed to amaze and inspire children and adults. The museum features many exhibits, an outdoor garden, live science shows and engaging programs year-round.
ScienceWorks offers other discounts, also. They are a Blue Star Museum and offer $2 admission for everyone on the first Sunday of each month.
High Desert Museum – $2 per person
Since 1982, the High Desert Museum has been rated as Central Oregon’s top attraction by Trip Advisor. The Museum sprawls across 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space. You’ll be able to get close up with native wildlife like river otters, bobcat, porcupines, owls, badgers, hawks and badgers. You’ll talk with historic characters about early Oregon explorers and settlers. You can visit an authentic 1904 homestead and sawmill. Learn about the area’s rich and diverse Native American culture and history. With fun hands-on programming and so much to explore, you’ll want to come back again and again!
A single EBT card can be used to get this discount for up to two adults and four children.
Adventure! Children’s Museum – $1 per person
Have an adventure in Lane County, Oregon! For years, Adventure! has been roaming Lane County as a mobile museum with fun mini-exhibits and activities. Now, they have an official brick-and-mortar museum in the Valley River Center!
Museum of Natural and Cultural History – $1 per person or $5 per family
Experience the natural and cultural history of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and the world at large at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Oregon. Exhibits showcase 14,000 years of Oregonian history through interactive exhibits, technology and world-class collections. Browse the museum’s current offerings by clicking here.
Science Factory – $1 per person
Visit Lane County’s only hands-on science museum and planetarium! For just $1, up to six family members can receive admission to the Science Factor. For another $1 each, you’ll be able to see a stargazing planetarium show! Browse the Science Factor’s current and upcoming exhibits by clicking here.
Schmidt House Museum – up to $3 per person
The Schmidt House Museum and Library also participates in the Museums for All program.
The museum is located at 508 SW 5th St. in Grants Pass, Oregon.
Kid Time Children’s Museum – $30 per 6 month membership
Kid Time offers scholarship memberships to qualifying families! These scholarships cost $30 and provide unlimited admission for six months. To qualify, you’ll need to fill out a scholarship application and prove your eligibility.
To be eligible, your family must include at least one child under the age of 8 years AND meet one of the following criteria:
- Currently receive public assistance (OHP, CHIP, SNAP, TANF, WIC) -OR-
- Be a licensed foster care parent -OR-
- Have a child enrolled in free/reduced school lunch program -OR-
- Be a student currently enrolled in school
Benton County Historical Society – FREE!
This discount is not specific to Oregon Trail cardholders. This museum is always free! Check out their exhibits and programs by clicking here.
Portland Children’s Museum – $1 per person per visit OR $15 per family per year!
Anyone who receives public assistance (WIC, EBT, free/reduced school lunches, TANF, Medicaid, etc.) can be admitted to the Portland Children’s Museum for just $1 per person. Proof of eligibility is required. There are no distance restrictions for this benefit.
A $15 annual membership is available for families who live within 35 miles of the museum, have children ages 0-12 and are currently receiving any form of public assistance, including EBT and Medicaid. This includes unlimited admission for two named adults, four named children, one named caregiver (such as grandparent or babysitter) and two free guests each visit. Please click here for an application.
For more information about the Portland Children’s Museum’s programs, click here or visit the museum at 4015 SW Canyon Road in Portland.
Oregon Historical Society – FREE
An EBT card can provide free admission for up to four people and a 10% discount in the museum store through the Museums for All initiative.
The museum is located at 1200 SW Park Ave. in Portland, Oregon.
Every Oregon Trail Card holder to purchase two discounted tickets to “Portland’s best music, theater and dance groups” through the Arts for All program. Since 2011, this program enables each Oregon Trail Card holder to purchase two tickets at just $5 each.
Tickets must be purchased by contacting the participating group.
Participating groups include:
- All Classical Portland, FM’s Live & Local Series
- Artists Repertory Theatre
- Aurora Chorus
- Back Fence PDX
- Bag and Baggage Productions
- Broadway Rose Theater Company
- Cantico Singers
- Capoeira Angola Palmares of Portland
- Capella Romana
- Chamber Music Northwest
- Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland
- Clackamas Community College
- Consonare Choral
- Echo Theater Company
- Entertainment for People
- The Ensemble
- First Presbyterian Church: Celebration Works
- Friends of Chamber Music
- Gallery Theater
- Hand 2 Mouth Theatre
- Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest
- Lakewood Theater Company
- Light Opera of Portland
- LiveWire! Radio
- Mask and Mirror Community Theater
- Metropolitan Youth Symphony
- Miracle Theatre Group
- Northwest Children’s Theater and School
- Northwest Film Center
- Oregon Ballet Theatre
- Oregon Children’s Theatre
- Oregon Symphony
- Pacific Youth Choir
- Pendulum Aerial Art
- Performance Works Northwest
- Pittock Mansion
- Polaris Dance Theatre
- Portland Actors Conservatory
- Portland Art Museum
- The Portland Ballet
- Portland Boroque Orchestra
- Portland Center Stage
- Portland Children’s Museum
- Portland Choirs
- Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra
- Portland Gay Men’s Chorus
- Portland Japanese Garden
- Portland Metro Arts
- Portland Opera
- Portland Piano International
- Portland Playhouse
- Portland Revels
- Portland Rose Festival Foundation
- Portland Story Theater
- Portland Symphonic Choir
- Portland Taiko
- Portland Youth Philharmonic
- Post5 Theatre
- Profile Theatre
- Resonance Ensemble
- Stumptown Stages
- Third Angle New Music
- Third Rail Repertory Theatre
- Triangle Productions
- White Bird
- Wisdom’s NW Indian Storytelling Festival
- World Affairs Council
Bush House Museum – FREE
Individuals and families with an Oregon Trail Card can receive free admission to the Bush Barn Art Center. For more information, click here.
Gilbert House Children’s Museum- – $40 per family per year
Families who are receiving any sort of public assistance can purchase an annual membership for less than half the usual price. For $40, two named adults and four named children can receive unlimited admission all year long… and discounts on classes, camps, parties and gift shop purchases! For more information, including an application, click here.
Fort Dalles Museum and Anderson Homestead – $2 per person
One of Oregon’s oldest history museums is now participating in Museums for All! You can view the unique collection of pioneer and military artifacts, including an antique wagon, while walking the grounds of this 1800s military fort.
Although no details regarding Museums for All are available on their website, I spoke to someone in the office today (1/24/2017) who indicated that the price will be $2 per person beginning March 1st.
Wait – there’s more!!!!
Reduced Cost Spay/Neuter Surgeries! If you have an Oregon Trail Card, you can receive a discount on spay and neuter surgeries for your pets. For more information, please contact your local humane society. Thanks, Heather!
Did you know you could use your EBT benefits for purchases from these sellers?
- Community Cycling Center offers a 20% shop discount! Melinda wrote, “I work at the Community Cycling Center and wanted to let you know that we offer a 20% shop discount when you show us your Oregon Trail/Washington Quest/equivalent EBT or Medicaid card. The discount is good for new and used parts and accessories, repair services, and all bike and frame sales.” Thanks, Melinda!
- People’s Co-Op offers a 5% discount on everything (not just food!) for EBT recipients AND offers $10 in matching funds for EBT shoppers each week! I discovered the matching program on their website after researching a comment by Yarrow that says, “People’s Co-op on 21st near Powell offers 5% off everything (doesn’t have to be food!) with an EBT card. Ask for the 5% program at check out.” Thanks, Yarrow!
- Siskiyou Sustainable Cooperative delivers fresh, organic produce boxes every week.
- Farmer’s Markets
- Papa Murphy’s
- Figaro’s Pizza! You can buy the food with your EBT card and have them cook it on-site for $1 per pizza or $0.50 per order of wings or breadsticks. Thanks, Jessica and Mandy!
- Leonardi’s Pizza (inside Winco) will accept EBT for take and bake. Want it cooked? Pay $1 cash per pizza! Thanks, Jessica!
- Zappo’s Pizza allows you to pay for the pizza with EBT. For an additional charge (which can’t be paid with EBT), they will cook and deliver the pizza, too! Thanks, Tonia! (UPDATE: Zappo’s is under new ownership and no longer accepts EBT. Sorry!)
- Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits, but the delivery charge must be paid separately.
- Starbucks locations inside grocery stores can also accept EBT for drinks and food items.
In addition to your usual groceries, EBT benefits can also be used to purchase:
- Seeds AND live food-bearing plants, including vegetable seeds, herbs, fruit trees or tomato plants. Grocery Outlet accepts EBT and sells fruit trees! Thanks, Nicole and Angi!
- Cooked pizzas from 7-11. Steve wrote, “7-11 sells uncooked large pizzas from Schwans. After you buy a pizza ($5.55ea), 7-11 will cook the pizza for you.” Thanks, Steve!
- Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label. Energy drinks that have a “supplement facts” label are not eligible because they are classified by the FDA as supplements and not food items.
- Live lobsters and other shellfish that will be used for food.
- Pumpkins if they are edible and not ornamental only.
- Birthday and other special cakes as long as the non-edible decorations do not exceed 50% of the purchase price of the cake.
- Gift baskets for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas (including pre-filled holiday stockings and tins) can be purchased with EBT benefits as long as the food value exceeds the non-food value. For example, the federal SNAP website indicates that a stuffed holiday bear holding a small box of chocolate would NOT be eligible because the value of the bear exceeds the value of the food. However, a gift basket with snack foods or candy and a small toy would be eligible because the food clearly accounts for more than 50% of the purchase price.
About Oregon EBT Cards: Oregon food stamps cards, known as Oregon Trail Cards, are electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards that deliver food and cash benefits to eligible clients each month. These funds area warded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. For more information, including application instructions, please click here.