Museums Offer Free Admission to Military

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Wed, 06-02-2010 - 11:07am

Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families
http://www.military.com/news/article/museums-offer-free-admission-to-military-families-.html?ESRC=family.nl

May 25, 2010
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2010 - Active duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to hundreds of museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.
More than 600 museums in 50 states and the District of Columbia have signed up so far to participate in Operation Appreciation: Blue Star Museums. The program offers active duty servicemembers -- including activated Guard and Reserve -- and up to five of their immediate family members free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
"The Blue Star Museums initiative is a tangible expression of appreciation to servicemembers and their families," said Barbara Thompson, director of the Pentagon's office of family policy, children and youth. "It warms our hearts to see how other federal agencies and local communities can think creatively to recognize their sacrifice and contribution to the nation."
People can visit http://www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index.php for a complete list of participating museums, which run the gamut from children's and fine arts to history and science museums. Participating museums include the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and all of New Mexico's 14 state-run museums and historic monuments.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for servicemembers and their families to enjoy the cultural experiences that might have otherwise been inaccessible because of cost," Thompson said. "We truly appreciate the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts and the participating museums."
While admission is free of charge, some special or limited-time exhibits may not be included in the program, according to a Blue Star Museums news release. People should contact the museum directly for specifics.
"There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the museum community to military families is thrilling," Kathy Roth-Douquet, chairman of Blue Star Families, said in a news release. "Military families work hard for this country, and it is gratifying for us to be recognized for that.
"We anticipate that thousands of military families will participate in the program and visit museums this summer – many of them for the first time," she continued. "Blue Star Families will work hard to help our military families make the most of these opportunities."
A group of military spouses formed Blue Star Families in December 2008 to raise awareness of the challenges of military family life in partnership with civilian communities and leaders, according to the organization's website. The nonprofit group has grown to include spouses and families from all services and walks of life, including National Guard and Reserve, as well as veterans and civilians.


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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 8:11pm
We got to take advantage of this over this past Memorial weekend at the Children's Museum in Houston. I wasn't expecting it to start already but it was definitely a pleasant surprise. I thought maybe we'd get $1 off admission or something and we saved $32! I'm so glad they're honoring military families this year!
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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 11:25pm
awesome, will have to see what works into our summer travel plans as well!
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Thu, 06-03-2010 - 11:33pm
beware, may lead to genealogy leads, LOL! Found a Bergstrom museum in WI (my maiden name) so had to follow thru on it of course, it's located in the same area some of my ancestors did settle. Hmmm....
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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 7:34am

Jen glad you could take advantage of the deal!!!

Mic, LOL about the genealogy thing. Sounds like me. Good luck in working the museum into the plans.


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Fri, 06-04-2010 - 12:32pm
Thanks Lisa! I passed it on to Ant to pass on to his guys!
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Sat, 06-05-2010 - 4:45pm
That's quite a savings Jen!

 


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Sun, 06-06-2010 - 10:51pm
oh well then we are out of luck too I guess, LOL!
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