Free Museum Admission for Military, Families Starts Today

May 31st, 2010 by Kim Lenz

Colonial Williamsburg’s museums are among the 600 nationwide offering free admission to military and their families. (Photo courtesy of the CWF.)

Active duty military from all branches, along with their immediate families, are being honored by an initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The NEA has teamed up with Blue Star Families, a nonprofit organizationi that supports America’s military families, to run the Blue Star Museums Program. Starting Memorial Day, 600 museums across America are providing free admission to all active duty military personnel and their immediate families. The free admission extends through Labor Day, Sept. 6.

The goal of the program is for the arts community across America to recognize the contributions of the members of the armed forces and the sacrifices they and their families have made.

Colonial Williamsburg’s museums are among those in the area particpating in the program. At CW, active duty military or their dependents will receive the free admission by presenting their current valid military identification at CW’s Visitor Center. The free admission allows access to Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums, which include Bassett Hall, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Also on the Blue Star list locally is the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg.

Click here to see a list of all Virginia museums included in the Blue Star Initiative. To search an interactive map for participating museums throughout the U.S., click here.

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