Freebies for furloughed federal workers in Minnesota

Free Admission to Science Museum of MN and tickets to MN Orchestra

Edgar Linares
January 15, 2019 - 8:34 pm

By Edgar Linares


Federal employees on furlough can now get some free culture. The Minnesota Orchestra is offering two complimentary tickets to government workers waiting-out the shutdown.

Orchestra President and CEO, Michelle Miller Burns said last Friday, Herb Winslow, a horn player with the orchestra, emailed her about the idea.

“He said, ‘how about if we do something like this and make this music available as a way to help ease burdens of our federal employees at this time?’ and I thought it was a terrific idea!” said Miller Burns. “We moved quickly to be able to make it happen.”

Miller Burns said the two complimentary tickets could be used for any upcoming classical concerts and can be obtained on their website.


The Science Museum of Minnesota is also offering free admission to furloughed federal workers. President Alison Rempel Brown said the idea came after seeing another museum in Texas offer free admission.

“We have government contracts our self that we get for our science education and equity… let’s show them that we care about them in this time,” said Rempel Brown.

Rempel Brown said federal employees simply have to bring their badge the museum to get free admission for themselves and for three others.

Since the government shutdown started the Science Museum’s Mississippi River Visitor Center has been closed, the National Park Service runs the center. In addition, the museum receives federal grants for programs and Rempel Brown said at this time the programs are funded.

By Edgar Linares

Some major cellular carriers like AT&T and Verizon are waving late-fees for furloughed workers and banks like Wells Fargo and US Bank are offering mortgage assistance, and low-interest loans.

This is the longest government shutdown in U.S. History.

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