Museums contribute to military discount travel with free admission
Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 3:58:34 PM
Military families can enjoy free access to more than 1,600 museums across the country from Memorial Day through Labor Day, thanks to Blue Star Museums, a program by Blue Star Families in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense.
All summer long, active duty military personnel, including active Reserve and National Guard members, and their families can enjoy what will be the third summer of free museum access.
"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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is one of the most notable institutions participating in the event, but it is joined by a wide range of art museums across the nation. The El Paso Museum of Art in Dallas, Texas, is participating in the program, as is the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut, according to the Litchfield County Times.
Blue Star Families is a national nonprofit organization of military families from all ranks and services working together to support, connect and empower members of families who have loved ones in the military. The Blue Star Museums program is one of the organization's many programs that aims to provide resources and activities for military families.
"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," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "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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