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Tidings file photoA visitor has fun in the popular bubble room at ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum in Ashland.

ScienceWorks offers free admission to active duty military

ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum has announced its continuing participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a program to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Blue Star Museums is collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“We’re enthusiastic about participating again this year,” said Susan Unger, interim executive director. “We’re proud that ScienceWorks is a Blue Star Museum.”

“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community—whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”

This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers and children’s museums.

“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

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