Coupeville - FREE ADMISSION TO ISLAND COUNTY MUSEUM IN FEBRUARY!
For the month of February, admission to the Island County Museum in Coupeville is FREE for all ages! Admissions fees are sponsored by the Island County Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. “Two of our historical society members offered to pay admission for all visitors in February” said museum director, Rick Castellano. “Our hopes are that all twelve months will be sponsored, and that admission will always be free to all our visitors. So far, April and November are also sponsored – so we still have several months available.” Castellano estimates that the museum greets some 10,000 visitors each year, but that many of those visitors choose not to explore the museum when they learn of the admission fees, which range from $2-$4.
“It might not sound like much, but when you’re on a tight budget, even a few extra dollars counts”, he said. Castellano said it’s hard to see families with children walk away because of the fees. He said “If we didn’t have to charge admission, we would see 20-40% more visitors each month. This impressive estimate is based on previous years’ experience, where months which have been sponsored showed dramatic increases in foot traffic.
Castellano feels that sponsorship would be good publicity for local businesses. “Our visitors would likely be impressed by the kindness of the sponsors, for buying their admissions, and they might be tempted to visit the sponsors place of business”, he said.
For more information on how to sponsor museum admissions, please contact Castellano at 678-3310, of visit the museum, Monday-Friday, 10-4. The Museum is open daily, 10-4; Sundays, 11-4.