Free Admission with California EBT (2021 Guide)

Here’s great news for California EBT Cardholders. Did you know you can get free admission with EBT Card to museums and other family-friendly places like Aquarium and Zoos? In this post, we will explain what the “free admission with California EBT” card is about and who is eligible.

Also, we will answer the most frequently asked questions about the program.

We have compiled the list below for your convenience.

"What Places offer Discounts or Free Admission with CA EBT"

This post about the “free admission with California EBT” program will cover:

    • What is Free Admission with EBT Program?
    • Free Admission with California EBT
    • FAQs about California EBT Discounts

What is Free Admission with EBT Program?

If you currently have a California Food Stamps EBT card (CalFresh EBT), you are eligible for free or discounted admission to over 600 museums nationwide.

This program is sponsored by Museums for All, and includes access to all types of museums — including art, history, natural history/anthropology, and general museums, children’s museums, science centers, planetariums, nature centers, historic houses/sites, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, and arboretums.

Although the program is targeted at Food Stamps EBT Cardholders, many sites allow EBT cards from other programs, including:

  • WIC EBT Card
  • EBT Card from TANF
  • EBT Card from General Cash Assistance

Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3.00, to visitors presenting their EBT card.

Free Admission with California EBT

The museums listed below all offer individual admission fees ranging from FREE to $3.00 to individuals and families who have a California EBT Card, and a valid form of photo ID.

This reduced rate is available during all normal operating hours to up to four individuals per EBT card.

ImagineU Children’s Museum
210 N. Tipton
Visalia, California 93277

The Children’s Museum at the Paso Robles Volunteer Firehouse
623 13th Street
Paso Robles, California 93446

Monterey County Youth Museum (MY Museum)
425 Washington Street
Monterey, California 93940

Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
180 Woz Way
San Jose, California 95110

The Tech Interactive
201 S. Market St.
San Jose, California 95113 United States

(408) 294-8324
San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market St.
California 95113

San Luis Obispo Children’s Museum
1010 Nipomo St.
San Luis Obispo, California 93401

Central Coast Aquarium
50 San Juan Street
Avila Beach, California 93424 United States

(805) 595-7280
Lindsay Wildlife Experience
1931 First Avenue
Walnut Creek, California 94597 United States

(925) 935-1978
1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, California 94401

(650) 342-7755
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd.
Oakland, California 94619

Buena Vista Museum of Natural History & Science
2018 Chester Ave.
Bakersfield, California 93301 United States

(661) 324-6350
Bakersfield Museum of Art
1930 R Street
Bakersfield, California 93301

Oakland Museum of California
1000 Oak St.
Oakland, California 94607

Museum of Children’s Arts
1221 Broadway LL-49
Oakland, California 94612 United States

(510) 465-8770
Lawrence Hall of Science
1 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, California 94720

Habitot Children’s Museum
2065 Kittredge Street
Berkeley, California 94704

Museum of Craft and Design
2569 Third Street
San Francisco, California 94107

Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum
705 S. McClelland Street
Santa Maria, California 93454 United States

(805) 928-8414
Children’s Creativity Museum
221 Fourth St.
San Francisco, California 94103

Pier 15
San Francisco, California 94111

GLBT Historical Society Museum
4127 18th Street
San Francisco, California 94114 United States

(415) 621-1107
Conservatory of Flowers
100 John F. Kennedy Drive
San Francisco, California 94118 United States

(415) 831-2090
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, California 94118

San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum
1199 9th Ave.
San Francisco, California 94122 United States

(415) 661-1316
de Young Museum
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, California 94118 United States

(415) 750-3600
Japanese Tea Garden
75 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, California 94118 United States

(415) 752-1171
Richmond Museum of History
400 Nevin Avenue
Richmond, California 94802

Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd, Fort Baker
Sausalito, California 94965

Vacaville’s Imagine That!
848-B Alamo Dr.
Vacaville, California 95688

The Marine Mammal Center
2000 Bunker Road
Sausalito, California 94965 United States

(415) 289-7325
KidZone Museum
11711 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, California 96161 United States

(530) 587-5437
Children’s Museum of Sonoma County
1835 West Steele Lane
Santa Rosa, California 95403

The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
5250 Aero Dr.
Santa Rosa, California 95403

Cayton Children’s Museum
395 Santa Monica Pl.
Santa Monica, California 90401 United States

(424) 416-8320
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, California 91103

Southern California Children’s Museum
459 East Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91101

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90007

Victor Valley Museum
11873 Apple Valley Road
Apple Valley, California 92308

Jurupa Mountains Discovery Center
7621 Granite Hill Drive
Jurupa Valley, California 92509

Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave.
Riverside, California 92501

San Bernardino County Museum
2024 Orange Tree Lane
Redlands, California 92374

Kiddos 101
5225 Canyon Crest Drive Suite 23
Riverside, California 92507 United States

(951) 965-0118
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
844 Sundial Bridge Dr.
Redding, California 96003 United States

(530) 243-8850
Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert
71-701 Gerald Ford Dr.
Rancho Mirage, California 97720

Museum of Making Music
5790 Armada Dr.
Carlsbad, California 92008

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
47900 Portola Ave.
Palm Desert, California 92260

California Center for the Arts, Escondido
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, California 92025

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
320 North Broadway
Escondido, California 92025

San Diego Archaeological Center
16666 San Pasqual Valley Rd
Escondido, California 92027

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, California 92037 United States

(858) 534 3474
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla
700 Prospect St.
San Diego, California 92037

Barona Cultural Center & Museum
1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, California 92040 United States

(619) 443-7003
Legacy Center
875 Hotel Circle South
San Diego, California 92108 United States

(619) 782-9183
San Diego Art Institute
1439 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101

Mingei International Museum
Balboa Park 1439 El Prado
San Diego, California 92101 United States

(619) 239-0003
Timken Museum of Art
1500 El Prado Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101 United States

(619) 239-5548
San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat)
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
San Diego, California 92101

San Diego History Center
1649 El Prado Suite #3
San Diego, California 92101

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego Downtown
1100 Kettner Blvd
San Diego, California 92101

The New Children’s Museum
200 West Island Ave
San Diego, California 92101

Sequoia Park Zoo
3414 W Street
Eureka, California 95503

Morris Graves Museum of Art
636 F St.
Eureka, California 95501

Clarke Historical Museum
240 E Street
Eureka, California 95501


FAQs about California EBT Discounts

Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Free admission with CalFresh program and California EBT Discounts.

Is the LA Zoo free with an EBT card?

If you receive CalWORKs or CalFresh, you and your kids can go to some of the nicest places in LA County for free.

This includes the LA Zoo. To get in, just show your Golden State Advantage Card (EBT Card) and your photo ID to get in FREE! 3.

However, only general admission is provided free of charge. Special exhibits or attractions are not included in this program.

What fast food places accept EBT in California?

There are restaurants that take EBT in California.

Your CalFresh EBT Card or Golden State Advantage card can be used at select restaurants and fast food places if you meet the eligibility criteria.

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows CalFresh recipients who are 60 years of age or older, disabled, or homeless to use their CalFresh benefits to purchase lower-cost prepared meals at approved participating restaurants in certain counties.

If you fit one of the groups described above, you can use your CalFresh California EBT card at select restaurants and fast-food chains throughout the state.

Currently, the restaurant meals program is active in the following counties:

  • Alameda
  • Fresno
  • Los Angeles
  • Mariposa
  • Monterey
  • Orange
  • Riverside
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • Sacramento
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Clara
  • Santa Cruz
  • Siskiyou
  • Tehama

See our post on California Restaurant Meals Program for details.

What Grocery Stores Accept California EBT for Delivery?

As of April 28, 2020, you can use your CalFresh EBT card to make purchases online.

You can purchase groceries online for home delivery using your CalFresh EBT card at Amazon and Walmart.

Furthermore, groceries can also be purchased online for pick up at participating Albertsons, Safeway, and Vons locations.

Also, if you receive CalWORKs, you may also be able to use your cash benefits to make purchases online at Wal-Mart.

For more details on this, see our post on Buying Groceries Online with California EBT.

Free Admission with California EBT Summary

Here’s the bottom line:

If you have a California SNAP EBT card (CalFresh EBT), you are eligible for free or discounted admission to over 600 museums nationwide.

Participating museums provide reduced admission, ranging from free to $3.00.

One EBT card can be used to gain entry into any of these destinations for up to 4 individuals to take advantage of the free or reduced fee.


We hope this post on Free Admission with California EBT was helpful.

If you have further questions about the CalFresh, or California EBT Card, or EBT discounts in general, please let us know in the comments section below.

Be sure to check out our other articles about CalFresh and CalFresh EBT, including:
Restaurants that Take CalFresh in California
How to Apply for California P-EBT
California P-EBT Extension for 2020/2021
CalFresh Account Login Help
How much will I get in CalFresh in 2021?
January Extra Food Stamps Schedule
February Extra Food Stamps Schedule