Free Museum Admissions this Summer for Blue Star Families

The John and Mable Museum of Art.

The G.Wiz Science Museum for kids and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota are among more than 1,000 museums nationwide offering free admission this summer to active duty military and their families. 

This is the second year for the Blue Star Museum initiative which was conceived as a way to thank military families for their service. It’s a partnership between the Blue Star Families organization, the National Endowment for the Arts and the MetLife Foundation.

The 2011 Blue Star Museums program starts Memorial Day,  May 30th, and runs through September 5th, Labor Day. The military ID holder and up to five immediate family members will get free admission at participating museums. More than 1,300 museums have signed up across the nation to be a part of the Blue Star program. 

A list of those museums by state is available here. Active duty National Guard and Reservists also are eligible. More than 300,000 military families visited in the inaugural year, check out the Blue Star Museum Blog .

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