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NEA allows free art museum admissions for military families

May 24, 2010 | 11:37 am

Logo-small The National Endowment for the Arts has helped organize a summer-long program called Blue Star Museums that will offer free museum admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day (May 31) through Labor Day (Sept. 6)  "to show their appreciation for those who are serving this nation."

The Los Angeles art museums currently set to participate in the program are the UCLA Hammer Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Others that include art as part of a larger program are the Autry National Center of the American West and the Japanese American National Museum. The Getty's two museums are already free.

The effort has been coordinated with Blue Star Families, a support organization "by military families for military families," and so far 600 U.S. museums of all kinds and in all 50 states have signed on.

The NEA has put up an interactive website that charts participating museums state-by-state. You can find it here.

-- Christopher Knight