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Free Admission for Military Families

2,000 museums offer military families free access

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    The Please Touch Museum is just one of many museums around the country military families can enjoy for free this summer. (Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014)

    More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer, beginning on Memorial Day.

    The Blue Star Museums program is being announced Wednesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art in San Antonio, Texas. This is the fifth year for the program created by the National Endowment for the Arts with the group Blue Star Families and the Defense Department.

    The offer of free admission runs through Labor Day in September. It is extended to military service members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and their families.

    In the Philadelphia region, museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Please Touch Museum, Michener Art Museum, Princeton University Art Museum and Old Swedes Historic Site are among the participating locations.

    The initiative began in 2010 with fewer than 1,000 museums and has more than doubled in size. New participants this year include the High Museum in Atlanta and The Thinkery children's museum in Austin, Texas.