DENVER―May 19, 2014―The Denver Museum of Nature & Science announces its participation in the Blue Star Museums program, 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 general admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including the National Guard Reserve, and up to five members of their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014.


The program provides families with an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new community after a military move. Members of the military and their families may take advantage of this program at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science from May 26 to September 1.


“We are very grateful for the contributions of our service men and women and their families to our country,” said George Sparks, president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. “We are proud to be part of such an extensive network of museums that helps connect military families with cultural experiences in their communities, and we look forward to welcoming them to our Museum throughout the summer.”


“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “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.”


This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including science museums, art museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. A complete list is available at



The Denver Museum of Nature & Science will kick off this year’s Blue Star program with a special engagement of the new IMAX 3D film D-Day: Normandy 1944. The film will be shown in Phipps IMAX Theater during Memorial Day weekend, May 24, 25, and 26. IMAX ticket prices will apply. Click here for tickets and showtimes.


On June 6, 1944, the largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet few know in detail exactly why and how this monumental event changed the course of history. D-Day: Normandy 1944 seamlessly blends stunning computer-generated images, live-action reenactments, and historic photos and film to recount this carefully planned mission. From those who lived through it to those who are hearing the story for the first time, all generations will receive a new perspective on this extraordinary moment in human history. Narrated by Tom Brokaw, the film pays tribute to the millions of men and women, soldiers and civilians, who give their lives for freedom. A duty of memory, a duty of gratitude. This film will officially open at the Museum on Friday, June 6.


Media Contacts
Maura O’Neal: 303.370.6407, [email protected], Denver Museum of Nature & Science


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, 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, Twitter and Instagram.


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, through Labor Day, September 1.


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


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.




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