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Free Admission For Military Families Begins Today



(WBEN) Memorial Day marks the annual start of a program to honor military families across the country, with free admission to over 2,000 museums nationwide.

The Blue Star Museum program allows any active duty military member, and up to 5 family members to attend the attractions free from Memorial Day until Labor Day. The program features over 17 Buffalo area museums, and more than 130 statewide.


 
HOW IT WORKS:
From the NEA, Here's their announcement about program


 NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa and Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet announced the fifth annual launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.

As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring 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.”
 

About Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), 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 Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.  Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuse, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

 
“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet in a prepared statement.

“It helps bring 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.”  she said.
 
SEE: THE ENTIRE NEW YORK STATE LIST HERE

SEE: PARTICIPATING MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS NATIONWIDE State-By-State


BUFFALO:
Buffalo Albright-Knox Art Gallery

Buffalo Botanical Gardens

Burchfield Penney Art Center

The Buffalo History Museum


BATAVIA
Holland Land Office Museum


CORNING
Corning Museum of Glass


EAST AURORA 
Elbert Hubbard Roycroft Museum

Explore & More a children's museum

Millard Fillmore Presidential Site


ELMA
Elma Town of Elma Museum / Elma Historical Society, Inc.


LEWISTON
Lewiston Museum


LOCKPORT

Erie Canal Discovery Center

The History Center 


NIAGARA UNIVERSITY
 Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University


NORTH TONAWANDA
Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

North Tonawanda History Museum


OLEAN/ST. BONAVENTURE
St. Bonaventure The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University


 

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