Sponsored Admission Program

Accessibility for All

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, grants, and fundraising events, the Virginia Discovery Museum is proud to partner with more than 60 community agencies in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area to help make our educational play spaces and programs accessible to all children and their families. The Museum waives admission for 8,000 visitors receiving social services from these organizations annually through our Sponsored Admission Program.

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Sponsored Daily Admission

If you are a client of or receive social services through one of our Sponsored Daily Admission partners, simply identify the agency through which you are visiting or show your organization’s Sponsored Daily Admission partner card at the front desk when you visit. If you receive Medicaid or WIC benefits, present your Medicaid or WIC card. Adults and children living in the same household receive free, all-day admission to the Museum from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and visitors must have at least one adult for every four children. Please visit General Admission for hours, directions, parking, and more.

Note: Employees of partner agencies receive free admission under this 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 Group Visits

If your organization qualifies as a Sponsored Group Visit, enjoy partially free or completely free admission on scheduled large group visits or field trips. Visit Group Visits, call (434) 977-1025 x102, or email operationsdirector@vadm.org to learn more about booking a Group Visit.

Partially Free Group Visits

Support the Program

Sponsored admissions account for 11% of annual visitors. Your gift helps us keep this program vibrant for these visitors, expand the program’s benefits to new organizations, and support the critical work of those community agencies with which we partner. VDM is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


Click the link and follow the prompts to make an online donation using a credit or debit card.

By Mail

Print and complete a donor card and mail to Virginia Discovery Museum, P.O. Box 1128, Charlottesville, VA 22902. Checks payable to “Virginia Discovery Museum.”


Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Contact Executive Director Janine Dozier at (434) 977-1025 x101 or director@vadm.org to learn more about VDM’s Sponsored Admission Program.