In 2020, the fight to slow the spread of COVID-19 among school-aged children made field trips and school-based outings especially difficult. Field trips are important tools to expose
young students to immersive learning opportunities like those we offer at the Smithsonian-developed Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum. COVID-19 stripped our County’s youngest constituents of childhood as we once knew it, and placed the burden on parents for these unique learning opportunities. Fortunately, in the Summer of 2020, the Shelby County Mayor’s Office launched the "901 Student Passport."
From October 6 through December 31, 2020, the Mayor of Shelby County, Tennessee, the Honorable Mayor Lee Harris, made his "901 Student Passport" program available to all Shelby County school students. We are pleased to announce, thanks to Mayor Lee Harris, and in support of Rock 'n' Soul's commitment to student education, the "901 Student Passport 2.0" is here!
From July 1 through November 30, 2022, the "901 Student Passport 2.0" provides one free admission for any school-aged student in Shelby County, regardless of assigned school district, and their guardian... allowing them to visit nine incredible Shelby County museums, including the Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, absolutely free. All students need to do is to pick up or print a one-page student passport. Printed passports are available at YMCA locations throughout Shelby County. Parents may also download a one-page version of the passport by visiting www.901StudentPassport.com.
Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, who will also be admitted for free when they present their Shelby County ID. Guests must have a physical passport that the Rock 'n' Soul admissions desk can stamp. Children between the ages of 5 (kindergarten) and 17 (12th grade) are eligible. They may attend any public school, charter school, private school or home school in located in Shelby County, TN. The "901 Student Passport 2.0" can also be used at the Fire Museum of Memphis, the Pink Palace Museum, the National Civil Rights Museum, Lichterman Nature Center, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum, and The Metal Museum.
“Arts, history, and culture are critical to the fabric of our community," said Mayor Harris. "We want to support museums and galleries, expose our virtual learners to cultural experiences, and ensure that more residents have an opportunity to enjoy the arts. Each of these locations is a cultural asset in our community. They have all taken additional steps to ensure the safe operation of their facilities, and they are all ready to welcome our youth and their parents.”
Even More Educational Tools from Rock 'n' Soul
More educational tools and lesson plans are available for students and teachers around the world through Rock 'n' Soul's "Sound Education" program. Access tools for students or teachers by simply Clicking Here!