Are you looking for things to do this summer? If you are a military kid, there are over 750 museums across the United States that will give you and your immediate family members free admission between now and Labor Day.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Blue Star Families organization announced The Blue Star Museums initiative on May 24th. According to the NEA press release museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking part. Thirty children's museums have signed up, as well as a ton of other museums, including Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia; the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in New Bedford, Massachusetts; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City; the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City; the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, California; and many, many others.
Blue Star Museums runs from now until Labor Day, September 6, 2010. The free admission program is available to anybody with 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 military and their immediate family members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard), National Guard, and Reserve. To find out which museums are participating, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be free. To find out more, contact the museum directly.
Once you’ve taken that museum trip, the Blue Star Museum folks want to hear about it! You can write about your trip and send it to their blog.