More than 50 museums in Connecticut will offer free admission this summer to active duty members of the military and their families as part of the ninth annual Blue Star Museums Program.
The program, which is an endeavor of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense, offers free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day and has been doing so since 2010.
The free admission program is available to those currently serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps. Members of the National Guard may participate regardless of status.
Service members may bring up to five family members to participating museums. The list includes the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford and the New Britain Museum of American Art.
The full list of Blue Star museums can be found at www.ctvisit.com/articles/connecticut-blue-star-museums
In a press release, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the program offers an exceptional opportunity for military personnel “who sacrifice so much for the freedoms and safety we all hold dear.”
Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, adjutant general and commander of the Connecticut National Guard, said the program is a “wonderful gesture” and will allow future military leaders to absorb and enjoy Connecticut culture.
“Throughout their careers, Guardsmen are always mindful of those who came before us,” Martin said. “I encourage each and every service member to take full advantage of this unique opportunity.”
Military personnel may gain free admission by presenting a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card or 1173-1 ID card at any participating Blue Star Museum through Sept. 3.