The Gibbes Museum partners with Blue Star Museums this summer in order to offer active members of the military and their families free admission into their space. The museum has been a member of the program for years, but this year’s partnership has added significance; according to Gibbes executive director Angela Mack, the newly renovated space provides a much-improved visitor experience.

Blue Star Museums partners with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense to help provide military families with educational, fun, budget-friendly activities to participate in throughout the summer. More than 2,000 museums of all kinds (including science, music, and nature museums) are involved in this partnership, which allows free entrance to any partnered museum from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Over 900,000 families visited Blue Star Museums last summer, and this year the program hopes to reach one million. A full list of participating establishments, and more information about the program, can be found at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

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