Strategic Air & Space Museum announced Monday the launch of Blue Star Museums, a among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013.
This year, more than 1,800 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.
“Given our collection and who we are, this was a no brainer for us,” says Strategic Air & Space Museum CEO Dr. Scott Tarry. “We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum. Service men and women and their families will not only be able to enjoy our historical collection of aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft, but they will also be able to experience our science and technology programs. We’re thrilled to be able to thank them for their service and provide a fun-filled experience for their families.”
The effort to museums has involved partnerships with the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.
This year’s Blue Star Museums represents not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 75 children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California, Grand Lighthouse Museum in Northport, Michigan, the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Montana.
The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013 through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserves, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – and up to five members.