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Free Museums in Maryland and Beyond

Updated as of May 27, 2024.

Free museum options in Maryland

Admission to National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass, also called the Interagency Access Pass, is available to any citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. who has been medically determined to have a permanent disability, and Access Passes do not expire.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass is accepted for free or reduced-price admission (of up to four total adults per pass) at museums and other sites where Entrance or Standard Amenity Fees (Day use fees) are charged. Sites include those managed by the Forest Service, the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, USACE, and Bureau of Reclamation. In addition, the Tennessee Valley Authority may honor the Access Pass for entrance or camping discounts. From Access Pass Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Proof of permanent disability includes any of the following:

  • A statement by a licensed physician (Statement must include that the individual has a PERMANENT disability, that it limits one or more aspects of their daily life, and the nature of those limitations.)
  • A document issued by a federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income, or Supplemental Security Income.
  • A document issued by a state agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency.

From America the Beautiful-The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Access Pass webpage.

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This unique project is being coordinated through The IMAGE Center of Maryland, a center for independent living in Towson, and it is funded by a grant from the Maryland Department of Education Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services.

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