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NEA announces new slate of museums giving free admission for active-duty military personnel

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The Japanese Friendship Garden is one of nearly two dozen San Diego County museums participating in the Blue Star Museums program.
(K.C. Alfred / San Diego Union-Tribune)

Blue Star Museums, a National Endowment for the Arts program, has announced the list of participating museums nationwide that will offer free admission to active-duty military personennel this summer, starting on Memorial Day Weekend.

The program, now in its ninth year, is a partnership between the NEA and Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the country.

“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.”

In San Diego County, nearly two dozens museums — from the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido to the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park — are participating. For a complete list, go to


Blue Star Museums

When: Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day 2018

What: Free for active-duty military personnel and up to five family members (military ID required at entrance)



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