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Museums offer free admission to military families

May 23, 2010 |  5:11 pm

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo and the Skirball Cultural Center on the Westside are among more than 600 museums across the country that will be offering free admission this summer to active-duty members of the military and their families.

Part of a National Endowment for the Arts program known as Blue Star Museums, the offer begins  Memorial Day and is open to spouses, siblings and children of active members in all four major branches of the military. Coast Guard members and active-duty National Guard and active duty Reserves are included.

Families of deployed members of the armed forces can take advantage of the offer by showing their military family identification. Up to five close relatives of the holder of the identification can be admitted free, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Other participating museums in Southern California include the Zimmer Children's Museum and Hammer Museum, both in Los Angeles, as well as the California Surf Museum in Oceanside. Details and more information on the offer are available here.  

--Rich Connell