Sponsored Admission Program

Thanks the generosity of our donors, grants, and fundraising events, the Virginia Discovery Museum is proud to partner with more than 45 community agencies in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area to help make our educational programs and exhibits accessible to all children and their families. Annually, the Museum waives admission for more than 7,000 visitors from these organizations through our Sponsored Admission Program.

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Sponsored Admission Partners

If you are a client of one of our Sponsored Admission Partners, simply identify your agency or show your organization’s Sponsored Admission Partner card at the front desk on your next visit; if you have Medicaid, present your Medicaid card. You and your family (adults and children living in the same household) receive free, all-day admission to the Museum from Monday through Saturday and may come and go as much as you wish until 5:00 p.m. each day. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, and visitors must have one adult for every three children under 3 and one adult for every five children 3 and older. Please visit Plan Your Visit 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 reduced or free admission on field trips for scheduled groups of 6 to 40 children and required chaperones. Please visit Group Visits, call (434) 977-1025 x104, or email outreach@vadm.org to learn more about booking a trip.

Support the Program

Sponsored admissions account for nearly 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.

On Your Next Visit

Add a $1 donation at check-in through January 2019. Daily visitors raised nearly $300 in November 2018.


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


Can’t find the answer you’re looking for? Visit Sponsored Admission FAQs, call (434) 977-1025 x101, or email vadmexecutivedirector@vadm.org to learn more about VDM’s Sponsored Admission Program.