The Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and Museum of Glass have joined the Blue Star Museum Program to offer free admission for active duty military and their families all summer long, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The offer is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and non-profit military support group Blue Star Families’ “Operation Appreciation.” It supports military families by offering free admission to museums across the country.
From the press release: “Around 18,000 locally based service members are expected to come home from the wars throughout the summer. Nationally, more than one million Americans have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and more than 900,000 children have said goodbye to a parent since the wars began. The Blue Star Museum program tells our nation’s military families that the arts community honors their contribution.”
Active duty military personnel (with military ID) and up to five family members may receive the offer from May 28 to September 6. A complete list of participating museums is online at www.arts.gov
The Washington State History Museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wed.-Fri. (til 8 p.m. third Thursdays), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 1911 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-3500, www.wshs.org
Tacoma Art Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.tacomaartmuseum.org
The Museum of Glass is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thurs. and noon-5 p.m. Sun. 1801 Dock St., Tacoma. 866-4-MUSEUM, www.museumofglass.org