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CHIPS Articles: Blue Star Museums Offers Free Admission to Military Families at 2000+ Museums Nationwide

Blue Star Museums Offers Free Admission to Military Families at 2000+ Museums Nationwide
By CHIPS Magazine - June 4, 2015
A collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the program.

More than 700,000 service members and their families participated in the program last year.

Ellyn Dunford, spouse of General Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps commented on the larger impact of the program saying, “The gift that you give us through Blue Star Museums and the additional exposure and education and experience that our military families gain is valuable for the whole country and the world because we share that as we go along.”

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

Among this year’s new participants are the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, the Duluth Children’s Museum in Minnesota, the Space Station Museum in Novato, California, and the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

A list of participating museums is available from the National Endowment for the Arts website: .

Military personnel and family members will need to show your military or dependent ID to gain free admission.

Active duty service members do not have to be present for their families to use this program, so even if you are on deployment or out to sea, your family can still participate.

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