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Free Admission This Summer to Museums for Military





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Blue Star Museums once again are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,800 museums across America. Six hundred museums signed up for the kickoff in late May, and throughout the summer, more than 400 more museums – from fine arts museums to science centers – have joined the effort, providing greater access to America’s cultural heritage for the 1.4 million active duty members of the military and their families. Click the link below for Blue Star Museums participating this summer in each state.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.   “Blue Star Museums is a great resource for our military families,” said Brad Cooper, executive director of Joining Forces, a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.    “As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation’s service members and their families to connect with our national treasures,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,600 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”    “Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,600 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”

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