Military to get free museum admission
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If you're active duty military, or an immediate family member, more than 1,300 museums across the U.S., in Puerto Rico and American Samoa are opening their doors to you free through Labor Day.
The Blue Star Museum program, in its second year, is a partnership among the museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families. Last year, 800 organizations were listed including art, history, science and children's museums, and nature centers.
The Westmoreland Museum of American Art, Greensburg, participated last year and signed up again as soon as the invitation from the NEA arrived, said Judy Ross, museum director of marketing and information technology.
"It was a no-brainer. It just makes sense to give back a little to those who give so much to us. It's the least we could do," she said.
Blue Star Families is a national nonpartisan nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services. It is part of an initiative to provide opportunities to connect the families with the larger community. Admission is good for the military ID holder, including active-duty Reserve and National Guard, and up to five family members comprising spouse and children.
Other regional museums participating include the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Frick Art & Historical Center, Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area in Homestead, and the Foster and Muriel McCarl Coverlet Gallery at Saint Vincent College, Latrobe.
See full list at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
First Published June 14, 2011 12:00 am