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November 16, 2016

Program includes free museum admission for military families and Field Trips for Hanscom AFB students 

ACTON, MA—The Discovery Museums announced today renewed funding support by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems for the museums’ Military Appreciation Program. This is the fifth year of program funding by Raytheon.

The cornerstone of the Military Appreciation program is free museum admission for active duty military personnel and up to three family members, September through May; during the summer months, up to five additional family members are admitted for free. Military family visits to the museums increased 27% through the first half of 2016.

Additional program benefits include free Field Trips to the Science Discovery Museum for 4th and 5th grade students from Hanscom Air Force base, which include math-oriented activities and workshops. Raytheon also underwrites STEM programming at the museum during National Engineer’s Week.

“We are extremely grateful to our region’s military personnel and families for all that they give to our country,” said CEO Neil Gordon. “It is gratifying to be able to expand our support for them and bring more military families to the Museums through the generosity of Raytheon.”  

“Raytheon is dedicated to supporting our nation’s military and their families,” said David Gulla, vice president, Mission Systems and Sensors at Raytheon. “Partnering with organizations like The Discovery Museums allows us to help deliver hands-on, interactive STEM learning to the children and families of U.S. service members.”

About The Discovery Museums
The Discovery Museums are the children’s and science museums of Metrowest Boston. Two great museums and the new Discovery Woods nature playscape and 550-square foot treehouse—for one admission price—blend the best of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) learning on a beautiful 4.5-acre campus in Acton, MA, located about 20 miles west of Boston. The Museums serve families and schools from towns throughout the region, with a commitment to informal education that enhances classroom learning. The hands-on, playful exhibits, developed by professional educators, inspire curiosity, exploration, experimentation, and imagination. The Discovery Museums combine manageable scale, convenient location and free parking to provide a fun and engaging experience where children and adults can discover their world together. The Discovery Museum are an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information please visit www.discoverymuseums.org.

The Discovery Museums’ programming is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.