National Railroad Museum: To participate in blue star museums

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National Railroad Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free

admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the

National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense

Green Bay, WI – May 21, 2014 – Today the National Railroad Museum announced the launch

of Blue Star Museums, 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

admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and

their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. Leadership support has been provided

by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program provides families an opportunity

to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a

military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this

military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue

Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with

the cultural resources in their communities.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and

their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy

Roth-Douquet. “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 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia,

Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Museums are welcome to

join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer. The effort to recruit museums has involved

partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art museum Directors,

the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and

the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just

fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens

of children’s museums. Among this year’s new participants are the High Museum in Atlanta,

Georgia, The Thinkery children’s museum in Austin, Texas, the Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife

Sanctuary in Natick, Massachusetts, and Henricus Historical Park in Chester, Virginia.

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, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access

card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes

active duty U.S. 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. For questions on particular exhibits

or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find participating museums and plan your

trip, visit

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. 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 programs to the military, veterans, and

their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing

Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American

Communities Military Base Tour.

About National Railroad Museum

Founded in 1956, the Museum educates the public through programs, exhibits, and preservation

projects about the ongoing impact of railroads in our lives. Visiting the National Railroad Museum

offers an opportunity to explore our railroad heritage. The Museum is one of the oldest and

largest institutions of its kind in the United States.

The National Railroad Museum is one of the first museums involved with the Blue Star Museum

program since it began.

About Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services,

including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military

families. With our partners, Blue Star Families hosts a robust array of morale and empowerment

programs, including Books on Bases, Blue Star Museums, Operation Honor Corps, Blue Star

Careers and Operation Appreciation. Blue Star Families also works directly with the most

important military family issues to light. Working in concert with fellow nonprofits, community

advocates and public officials, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and

strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Our worldwide

membership includes military spouses, children, parents, and friends, as well as service members,

veterans and civilians. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit Join us

on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent

agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support

artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The

NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal

agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at