Looking for free admission, free internet and other perks related to food stamps in NYC or New York state? A New York food stamps card can do so much more than buy groceries and give you cash benefits. It can also be used for discounted admission, growing a garden and so much more! Check out all the awesome and unadvertised New York food stamps perks we’ve discovered!
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 a New York resident to get these great deals!
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For your convenience, we’ve organized our free and discounted museum admission list alphabetically by city.
Children’s Museum of the East End – FREE
This Museums for All participant provides FREE admission to EBT cardholders from any state. The admission provides access to the exhibit galleries, which include an art studio, family tree gallery and more. Mini golf is also available for an extra charge. For more information, please visit the CMEE website.
Hanford Mills Museum – FREE
Experience a historic working mill at The Hanford Mills Museum. Originally a sawmill in the 1840s, Hanford Mills also includes a gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop and more. The sawmill is still powered by the 1926 waterwheel. Learn more at the Hanford Mills Museum website.
Got an EBT card? You and three guests can visit the Hanford Mills Museum absolutely free. Guests under are 12 are always free. Residents of neighboring zip codes 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806 can also receive free admission with proof of residency. The Hanford Mills Museum is a Museums for All partner.
Museum of the Earth – $1 per person
From trilobites to mastodons, the Museum of the Earth showcases Earth’s prehistoric past with engaging and interactive exhibits. The Museum is home to the most complete mastodon skeletons ever assembled. When you’re done admiring the collection, you can watch paleontologists diligently uncover fossils in the Prep Lab. You can unearth your own in the Fossil Lab.
As a Museums for All partner, the Museum of the Earth offers discounted admission to EBT cardholders. At least 4 people can receive admission for no more than $3 per person.
Sciencenter – $1 per person
“Climb, splash, think, build, and bounce your way through many exhibit galleries filled with full-body science fun. From astronomy to zoology, the Sciencenter offers something special for guests of any age,” says the Sciencenter website.
And families receiving food stamps in New York can get admission to the Sciencenter for just $1 per person! This museum was the first in the country to adopt this wonderful program, so be sure to thank them!
New York City
Residents of New York City can get some sweet deals, whether or not they’re receiving food stamps! If you live in New York City, you can get a free government-issued ID card called an IDNYC. In addition to other benefits, this identification provides you with a one-year annual admission pass to 40 of New York City’s coolest zoos, museums, concert halls, gardens, performing arts centers and more. Click here for more information!
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – FREE
Get FREE admission to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum for up to 4 people! This museum is located aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a designated National Historic Landmark. You’ll also be able to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise, the record-breaking British Airways Concorde and the submarine Growler!
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling – $3 per person
As the cultural heart of the Sugar Hill project, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum provides cultural programs, educational exhibits and a fun space for neighborhood children to gather and play. Designed to help children create and tell their own stories and art, the museum is designed to serve children 8 years old and younger.
Oneonta World of Learning – FREE
Oneonta World of Learning provides hands-on educational exhibits for children. The museum is designed to encourage parent-child interaction in a playful, imaginative space. Although the open hours are limited, you can visit free with an EBT card!
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum – $2 per person
The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum welcomes EBT cardholders for just $2 per person. With interactive play focusing on early learning, science, literacy, math, art, music, community and more, the four exhibit galleries are designed to help families connect and learn together through purposeful play.
George Eastman Museum – FREE
The world’s oldest photography museum is located in the sprawling mansion estate that once housed photography pioneer and New Yorker George Eastman. Visitors can enjoy exhibits, films, docent tours, lectures, music recitals and three separate gardens. Admission is free for New York EBT recipients but GEM is not a Museums for All partner.
Westchester Children’s Museum – FREE
Build your own rollercoaster, play with puppets and so much more at Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye. You can view more information about their current and future offerings at their website. As a Museums for All partner, this museum offers discounted admission for four people per EBT card. The rate is $3 or less per person.
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga – $1 per person
This museum is geared for guests between birth and 5 grade. Up to four people can receive admission for $1 each with an EBT card.
SUNY Poly Children’s Museum of Science and Technology – $1 per person
This museum believes that science belongs to every child – and that’s why the museum proudly provides discounted admission for low-income patrons through the Museums for All program. There are exhibits for nature lovers, builders, explorers and more. Browse all their exciting exhibits on their website by clicking here.
Utica Children’s Museum – $1 per person
Dive into science with interesting exhibits, like the current nanoscience offerings. You can view new and upcoming exhibits on the Utica Children’s Museum website by clicking here.
Looking for more great, cheap stuff to do in New York? Check out Jenn’s review of the 100 Best Things to Do in New York!
Got SNAP Benefits in NY? You may also qualify for this!
Art Access is a unique program available to SNAP recipients and other low-income residents in Western NY. This program allows you to register for an Art Access card, which can be used to obtain free tickets (at least 2) and transportation to venues and events in your area! Find more information on their website at http://www.arts-access.com/
Participating venues/events include:
- Albright-Knox Art Gallery
- Buffalo ComedySportz
- Alleyway Theatre
- Aquarium of the Niagara
- Buffalo Botanical Gardens
- Buffalo Choral Arts Society
- Buffalo History Museum
- Buffalo Museum of Science
- Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus
- Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
- Burchfield Penney Art Center
- Castellani Museum
- Community Music School
- Explore Buffalo Tours
- Explore & More Children’s Museum
- Friends of Vienna
- Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum
- Irish Classical Theatre Company
- Jewish Repertory Theatre
- Just Buffalo Literary Center
- Kavinoky Theatre
- Lehrer Dance
- Make Music Day WNY
- Music is Art
- Neglia Ballet
- Nickel City Opera
- O’Connell & Company Productions
- Paul Robeson Theater at the African American Culture Center
- Road Less Traveled
- Second Generation Theater
- Theatre of Youth
- Young Audiences of Western New York
If you receive New York food stamps benefits, you may also be eligible for these great programs:
Did you know your New York 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 benefits. However, we’ve found some interesting items that we thought couldn’t be purchased with food stamps… yet they can!
- Farmer’s Markets offer bonus dollars to EBT shoppers!
- Community Supported Agriculture programs
- 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 New York EBT 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.