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May 23, 2019

[ACTON, MA] – Discovery Museum has joined museums nationwide in participating in the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer. The 2019 program kicked off earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and will end Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day.

“We’re proud to participate with Blue Star Museums each summer which expands upon our yearlong Military Appreciation Program to include up to six family members,” said Discovery Museum CEO, Neil Gordon. “It’s one small way to show our gratitude for the service and commitment of our active duty military.”

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more. Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the tenth summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible, “ said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as the Discovery Museum are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”

“We've seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we're thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Discovery Museum’s Military Appreciation Program is sponsored by Raytheon.

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