A Pennsylvania food stamps card can do some incredible things! If you’re looking for food stamps PA benefits, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve written up lists like this for almost every state and Pennsylvania definitely has more to offer than most.
Sure, we’ll tell you about the usual things like take-and-bake pizza…. but we’ll also tell you how to use your EBT card to get cheap admission to museums and free Internet service! We’ve written up lists like this for almost every state and Pennsylvania definitely has more to offer than most.
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Get discounted admission* to over 30 venues with a Pennsylvania ACCESS card!
Please note that your EBT card qualifies you for the discount but the discounted rate cannot be paid with your EBT card. Unless otherwise noted, there is a limit of four discounted admissions per EBT card.
James A. Michener Art Museum – $2 per person
American (and Buck County) art is on display here. Current offerings include Unguarded, Untold, Iconic: Afghanistan through the Lens of Steve McCurry and Lloyd Ney: Local Color. Click here to see more exhibits.
See what’s happening at the ExpERIEnce Museum by clicking here! At the time of this writing, offerings include an air rocket exhibit, storyland, open art studio and more.
You don’t have to pay the standard $7 admission if you have a Pennsylvania Access EBT card! Just show your PA Access card at the admission desk and you’ll be able to pay just $2 per person. This museum is a Museums for All partner.
Longwood Gardens – $2 per person
Experience the lovely gardens, open air theater, trial garden and more at Longwood Gardens. Classes, tours and other programming may be available. Click here to see what’s blooming.
Wharton Esherick Museum – $2 per person
“If it isn’t fun, it isn’t worth doing,” said joyful wood sculptor Wharton Esherick. His hilltop studio is now a National Historic Landmark for Architecture and showcases more than 300 of his works which include furniture, furnishings and utensils.
Tyler Arboretum – $2 per person
Enjoy the natural beauty of the arboretum, which also showcases history dating back to the time of William Penn. Horticulture, education and preservation are all keystones of the programs offered at Tyler Arboretum.
Bucks County Children’s Museum – $2 per person
Enjoy over 9,000 square feet of museum space for just $2 per person! You’ll discover a town hall, hospital, factory and so much more. There is something to inspire everyone’s imagination!
Although their discounted rate is not listed online, I spoke with someone on the phone who said that the admission is $2 per person for everyone in the household. Most Museums for All partners limit their admission to 4-6 people, so this is a refreshing change! And this isn’t just for food stamps PA, but EBT cards from all states!
Waynesborough – $2 per person
This property, which was privately owned by the Wayne family until 1980, was once the residence of Revolutionary War hero”Mad” Anthony Wayne. “Mad” Wayne served alongside George Washington. The residence is now a museum that periodically features historical reenactments.
(Please note that most of these museums are not Museums for All partners. They are Art-Reach Partners.)
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – $2 per person
Meet live animals, admire towering dinosaurs, walk through a butterfly garden and more! The Academy of Natural Sciences welcomes four people per food stamps PA card for just $2 per person.
African American Museum in Philadelphia – $2 per person
Since 1976, AAMP has preserved, interpreted and exhibited the history of African Americans. It was the first institution built by a major US city for this purpose. Visit the museum for just $2 per person.
American Swedish Historical Museum – $2 per person
Since 1926, the AWHS has been preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American culture and traditions. Visit the museum for just $2 per person.
Barnes Foundation – $2 per person
Admire an incredible collection of post-impressionist and modern art. Masterpieces from Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Van Gogh are featured alongside African sculptures and more. Musical performances, family programs and more are all available.
Betsy Ross House – $2 per person
Visit the birthplace of the American flag and learn more about its seamstress, Betsy Ross. Interactive historical programming is available.
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site – $2 per person
Once the most infamous prison in the world, the ruins of the Eastern State Penitentiary are now haunting ruins of towers and cells. Check out the online tour here or take your food stamps PA card to ESP to see for yourself!
Franklin Institute – $2 per person
There is so much to do and explore at the Franklin Institute! From the Giant Heart to the planetarium to the Ben Franklin memorial, you’ll quickly discover why the Franklin Institute is Pennsylvania’s most visited museum… and now you can go for just $2 per person.
Franklin Square (Parx Liberty Carousel) – $2 per person
Will you pick the zebra, dragon or something else entirely when you ride the City’s only carousel? Admission is typically $3 each, but it’s only $2 if you have a PA Access Card! There’s a limit of 4 people per EBT card – but that still saves $4!
Franklin Square (Philly Mini Golf) – $2 per person
A family of four can save up to $28 on a round of mini-golf at Franklin Square! Center City’s only miniature golf course features 18 holes and features distinctly Philadelphia courses like Elfreth’s Alley, the Ben Franklin Bridge and more. Tickets are usually $9 for adults and $7 for children ages 3-12… but you can get $2 admission for up to four people with your PA Access Card!
Grumblethorpe – $2 per person
Visit this 18th-century farmstead in historic Germantown. With a farmhouse, two acre garden, greenhouse and more, a visit to Grumblethorpe can be both fun and educational.
Historic Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground – $2 per person
Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross and other Revolution-era leaders are buried here, which is why Historic Christ Church is sometimes called “The Nation’s Church.” A guided tour of the Burial Ground is included in the discounted $2 admission.
Independence Seaport Museum – $2 per person
Explore art, artifacts and archival materials from around the Greater Delaware Valley, Port of Philadelphia and other surrounding areas. Browse the museum’s offerings here.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Philadelphia – $2 per person
Wander through 92 acres of lush, colorful, fragrant gardens that feature over 12,000 labelled plants, trees and flowers.
Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – $2 per person
View anatomical specimens, models and interesting medical instruments at this museum. Over 100 skulls, a Civil War amputation kit and other curiosities are on display here.
National Constitution Center – $2 per person
Rare artifacts, theatrical performances, interactive exhibits and more await you at the National Constitution Center. The highlight of the museum is the Signer’s Hall, which features life-size bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
National Liberty Museum – $2 per person
Find yourself in America’s history at the National Liberty Museum, where the stories of our nation’s heroes become an engaging and interactive experience. The museum website says, “Our core themes for young people and adults include leadership and good character; diversity and inclusion; peaceful conflict resolution; and civic engagement. Our primary art form is glass art, as it makes the point that freedom is as fragile as glass.”
National Museum of American Jewish History – $2 per person
This family-friendly museum illustrates the history of Jews in America through immigrant stories and interactive displays. Original films, historical documents and artifacts are all on display. Children 12 and under are always free.
Penn Museum – $2 per person
Open the doors on history! The Penn Museum collection includes Egyptian mummies and artifacts from Asia, Africa, the Americans, Mesopotamia and more. The museum also contains a garden, shop and café.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – $2 per person
Founded in 1805, PAFA is both a school and a museum. The museum features special exhibits and a permanent collection of work by the region’s most skilled artists. Learn more about PAFA by clicking here.
Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent – $2 per person
Philadelphia’s history stretches back to 1682. Discover it all with the artifacts, art and objects at Philadelphia History Museum.
Philadelphia Museum of Art – $2 per person
One of the largest and most renowned museums in the country, Philadelphia Museum of Art offers collections from the US, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Discover their collection today for just $2 per person.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – $2 per person
Explore Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. This venue seeks to inspire creativity and community engagement through unique art collections. Limit 4 discounts per EBT card.
Physick House – $2 per person
Built in 1786, this home is the former residence of Dr. Philip Syng Physick. This doctor was known as the “Father of American Surgery” and cared for notable Americans like Dolly Madison and Andrew Jackson. The home is the last free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill. It includes a large garden and medical museum.
Please Touch Museum – $2 per person
Children 7 and under learn best through play – and that’s what the Please Touch Museum is for! Visitors must show valid Photo ID.
Powel House – $2 per person
Philadelphia’s last mayor who ruled under the Crown resided at the Powel House. It’s a Georgian brick mansion that was constructed in 1765. George Washington danced here on his wedding anniversary!
Shofuso Japanese House Garden – $2 per person
Visit a traditional-style Japanese house and garden in Philadelphia! This museum showcases the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia with objects ranging from 1876 to 2007. It is open only between April and October and wheelchairs cannot access the entire venue.
Woodmere Art Museum – $2 per person
This collection resides in a 19th century stone Victorian mansion in Chestnut Hill. The Permanent Collection, donated by Charles Knox Smith, contains over 3,000 works of art that celebrates the art and artists of Philadelphia.
Andy Warhol Museum – $1 per person
The Andy Warhol Museum offers an art collection, film and video collection and performing arts. See what’s up on their website.
Carnegie Museum of Art – $1 per person
The Carnegie Museum of Art has something for everyone.
Carnegie Museum of Natural History – $1 per person
Admire a collection of dinosaur fossils, gems, minerals and ancient artifacts.
Carnegie Science Center – $3 per person
Engage with hands-on exhibits, watch live demonstrations and more at the Carnegie Science Center.
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh – $2 per person
Visit Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood, explore the attic and the backyard and so much more at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh!
The museum website states that PA Access or Access EBT cardholders can receive $2 admission for up to four people. However, as a Museums for All partner, the CMP should honor EBT cards from all 50 states.
Please note that photo ID is required for each adult and each adult’s ID must show the same address as the cardholder.
Mattress Factory – $1 per person
It isn’t what it sounds like. Pittsburgh’s Mattress Factory is really a contemporary art museum and experimental lab. PA Access Card holders pay just $1 per person for admission – a tremendous savings over the typical $20 per adult and $15 per student!
This museum is a Museums for All member.
Reading Area Firefighter’s Museum – $3 or less per person
The historic firehouse at the corner of South Fifth & Laurel Streets was built in 1876. It is full of firefighting memorabilia, antique furnishings, and the “best room” designed by John Wanamaker.
The Reading Area Firefighter’s Museum is a Museums for All partner. For more information, including hours and prices, call (485) 525-0590.
Chanticleer Garden – $2 per person
Visit the most imaginative and romantic garden in America! Within 30 minutes of Philadelphia, is open from April through October. Even the drinking fountains are works of art!
Where will you go with your food stamps PA benefits?
Got PA food stamps?
You may also qualify for this!
If you receive food stamps PA benefits, you may also be eligible for these great programs:
- Energy assistance programs
- Low-cost or sliding-scale medical and dental
- Reduced price spay and neuter services
- Free Internet
- Free cell phone & service
Did you know your PA food stamps card can also do this?!
It’s easy to be confused about what you can and can’t buy with your food stamps PA benefits. However, we’ve found some interesting items that we thought couldn’t be purchased with food stamps… yet they can!
- Farmer’s Markets and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs can accept EBT.
- Starbucks! EBT can be used at Starbucks locations that are located inside a grocery store.
- Subway! EBT cards may be usable at Subway locations inside gas stations as long as the sandwich isn’t toasted. This isn’t always the case, but it has been possible on occasion.
- Schwan’s Trucks also accept EBT benefits. Order online, by phone or on the app. Please note that food stamps benefits will not cover the delivery charge. Make sure you can pay the delivery charge before you order! If you can’t pay the delivery charge, you will not be allowed to keep your order.
- Sam’s Club
- Papa Murphy’s
- Dollar Tree
You can also use your food stamps PA benefits to buy these items:
- Hot deli food that has been packaged and refrigerated
- Energy drinks that have a nutrition facts label
- Live lobsters & shellfish
- Bakery-decorated birthday cakes
- Gift baskets that include food items
Read more about this on the federal SNAP website.