Massachusetts is saying thank you to military families by offering free admission to 68 museums this summer.
More than 2,000 museums nationwide will take part in the Blue Star Museums program this year. The program, which began in 2010, allows free admission to our nation’s service members and their families from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The first year, fewer than 1,000 museums took part. In the past four years, the number of museums that have signed on has doubled, reports the Associated Press.
A sampling of Blue Star Museums in Massachusetts includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Buttonwoods Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, The Discovery Museums, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and EcoTarium. New to the program this year in Massachusetts is the Mass Audubon Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick.
Some of our museums have taken to Twitter to show their excitement this week.
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston tweeted this:
We're proud to be a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active military & their families Memorial thru Labor Day. #bluestarmuse— The ICA/Boston (@ICAinBOSTON) May 21, 2014
And Buttonwoods Museum in Haverhill tweeted this:
Active duty military families can visit us for free all summer as part of the #BlueStarMuse program.— Buttonwoods Museum (@ButtonwoodsMus) May 21, 2014
The program was created by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Defense Department, and Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization that supports military families. See a complete list of participating museums in Massachusetts on the Blue Star Museums website.Kristi Palma can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @kristipalma.