Explorer Pass

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Discover Other Worlds with the Explorer Pass

If you get Colorado Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, you and your family also get the Explorer Pass. You can get into many Denver area museums for $1-3. The Explorer Pass works at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Denver Zoo, History Colorado Center, and many other places!
The Explorer Pass is built into your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. Just present your EBT card when buying tickets! Some places need reservations, or have coupon codes you can use online.


Check out a list of participating locations by interacting with the button below:

Explorer Pass Locations

These locations are offering discounted admission of $1-3 per person:

Location Price per person Important information Questions?
Butterfly Pavilion $2 (if purchasing online) / $3 (if purchasing in person) Get your tickets online & save! Admission at the door is $1 more than online.

Explorer Pass allows up to 10 guests per card for $2 each (if purchasing online) or $3 each (if purchasing at the door).

The Butterfly Pavilion accepts SNAP, EBT, WIC, P-EBT, and cards from out-of-state. To access these discounted tickets, guests need to come in person and present their card to the front desk.

Call 720-531-9364 or email visitorservices@butterflies.org
Center for Colorado Women's History $1 $1 admission per person up to 10 people.


Call 303-620-4933 or email hc_cowomenshistory@state.co.us 
Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus $1 The $1 admission discount is not accepted for any special priced events, adults-only events, or any family events in which Event Day Pricing is applicable. Reservations required for guaranteed entry. Those without a reservation will be admitted as space allows. Email Information@cmdenver.org



Clyfford Still Museum

$1 The $1 admission is available for up to 5 tickets in-person and online. Guests can purchase tickets online using the discount code "Explorer/snap" for up to 5 adult admission tickets. You must then show your EBT card when arriving at the Museum. Call 720-354-4880 or email 



Denver Art Museum

Denver Botanic Gardens - 
York Street 
Chatfield Farms*

This discount is available for up to 10 people during all regular general admission hours. You can purchase your tickets online or in-person. The $1 Explorer Pass admission is not available for specially ticketed events. *Admission is $1 per car at Chatfield Farms.

Call 720-865-3500 or email info@botanicgardens.org
Denver Zoo $1

Tickets for SNAP recipients are available, by advanced time ticket, daily starting at noon through our website for $1 per guest. Guests will be asked to present their SNAP card or mobile SNAP app (along with their electronic ticket) at the gate for entry.

Call 720-337-1400 or email GuestCare@DenverZoo.org

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

History Colorado Center $1

No blackout date or times for the SNAP admission. The SNAP ticket is only for general admission tickets and not valid for any special programs. Children 18 and under are now free at all the History Colorado Center, and at all of its community museums.

Call 303-866-2396 or email hc_guestservices@state.co.us
Molly Brown House Museum $2

Your Explorer Pass admission gives you entry to the "Explore on Your Own" self-guided tour option. It is good for up to four tickets. To get the discounted price, use “SNAP” as the coupon code when checking out online. You must apply it to each ticket individually.


Call 303-832-4092, ext. 13
Wings Over the Rockies - Air & Space Museum $1

Participating locations are subject to change without notice. Reservations may also be required in advance. We encourage you to contact the museum or cultural center you plan to visit before heading out.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the Explorer Pass?

The Explorer Pass is available for Colorado SNAP recipients. It is built into your EBT card. With the Explorer Pass, you can get a $1-3 general admission at many different Denver area museums and cultural centers. At some museums, you can get up to 10 tickets at the discounted price!

Please note that the discount is good only for general admission. Your EBT card cannot be used to purchase admission tickets, at gift shops, or at cafés/restaurants. Tickets for special exhibits must be purchased separately and cannot be purchased with your Explorer Pass (EBT card).

The discounted admission offer may not be valid on event days. Be sure to check website of each museum/cultural center for special event days before you head out.

How can I get the Explorer Pass?

The Explorer Pass is available to people who receive Colorado SNAP benefits. It is built into your Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card.

If you'd like to apply for food assistance and receive an EBT card, head to our Food Assistance page for step by step instructions for applying.


Get Started and Apply for SNAP benefits

Sign up for SNAP benefits online at Colorado PEAK or call us at 720-944-4DHS (4347). Together, we've got this.

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