DENVER―June 15, 2016―The Denver Museum of Nature & Science announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaborating among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Famillies, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communitues after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
"The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy the summer months," said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "This program is also a great way for service member families to connct to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful wau for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say 'thank you' to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day."
About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world. As such, a variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. Connect with the Museum on Facebook
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.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 30, through Labor Day, Sept. 5.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1 1173 card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 card, which includes active duty 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. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.
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.
Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact [email protected], or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.
This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts and programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA Military Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.