More than 1600 great American museums have opened their doors in welcome and offered free admission for all active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
A collaboration between the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, the program encompasses all active duty military forces, the National Guard and Reserve members along with five family members per visit. The exhibits include children’s museums, history and science museums, fine art museums and nature centers. Participating Blue Star Museums are in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa.
To give you an idea of the offer’s wide scope, I just counted the participants in Manhattan and surrounding boroughs and the total comes to 43 including a few museums that are new to me. The free admission covers families with a member serving in Afghanistan or Iraq with special emphasis on children who have a parent deployed. With limited resources and time, these families can freely visit museums of their choice all summer long. Please check Blue Star Museums for details.
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