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As many students learn from their kitchen tables and their bedrooms, Shelby County is offering a chance for school children to also experience firsthand the National Civil Rights Museum, thousands of works of art and the stories of Memphis’ musical icons.

“901 Student Passport” will allow every school-aged child in Shelby County, regardless of his or her assigned school district, to visit eight museums and galleries for free. An accompanying parent may also visit for free.

The program could act as a pilot to explore offering free museum admission in the vein of other communities around the nation, some of which offer free admission throughout the year to children, free admission in summer or free admission one day a week, said Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris.

“We want to open our most important cultural assets to as many people as