Blue Star Museums in Central PA offer FREE admission this summer to military families

Central Penn Parent Staff//June 21, 2017

Blue Star Museums in Central PA offer FREE admission this summer to military families

Central Penn Parent Staff//June 21, 2017

Mastodon at The State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

More 2,000 Blue Star Museums across America are offering free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Blue Star Museum program, in collaboration with the national Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense, provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their community, especially after a military move.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in every state in the nation to support our service members and their families,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend time together.”

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums, including newly participating museums: the EdgarAllen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia; The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame Museum in Memphis Tennessee; the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument in Hagerman Idaho; and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.

“Whether they want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, or encounter animals at the aquarium, Blue Star Museums will help service members and their families create memories this summer,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “This fantastic collaboration with the NEA brings our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

Check out the Blue Star Museums Parent Toolkit:  A Guide for Before, During, and After Your Family Trip to the Museum (created by Blue Star Families)

A list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Blue Star Museums in Central PA


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