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2,000 museums offer military families free tickets
Wednesday - 5/22/2013, 8:14pm  ET
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 2,000 museums across the nation are offering free
admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer,
beginning on Memorial Day.
The Blue Star Museums program was announced Tuesday
at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington. The program runs through Labor
Day in September. The offer of free admission is extended to military service
members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and their families.
initiative began in 2010 with less than 1,000 museums and has more than doubled in
size. This year, it's adding about 400 museums. It includes art museums, science
centers, history museums and children's museums.
The National Endowment for
the Arts created the program with the group Blue Star Families and the Defense
Blue Star Museums: www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums
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