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51 Ohio Museums Offer Free Admission to Military This Summer

Blue Star Museums,, Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, 2018This summer, 51 museums in Ohio will open their doors to military and their families as part of the ninth annual Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

Ohio Arts Council Executive Director Donna S. Collins said Ohio support for Blue Star Museums continues to expand to new parts of the state.

“Each year, more and more museums are participating and sharing in the appreciation we have for military members and their families who sacrifice so much for all of us,” Collins said. “It makes me ‘Ohio proud’ to see so many museums saying ‘thank you’ to our military members and their families.”

A filterable list of participating Ohio museums is available here.

 “Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

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 Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), 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, DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Museums are welcome to sign up for Blue Star Museums throughout the summer by emailing

Kathy Roth-Douquet, Chief Executive Office of Blue Star Families, said Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families “create memories.”

“Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members,” she said. “We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

A full list of participating museums nationwide is available at

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Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit


Article by Amanda Etchison, Communications Strategist
Graphic courtesy of Blue Star Museums/National Endowment for the Arts

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