Blue Star Museums Begins On Armed Forces Day

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania will join museums nationwide again this summer in the tenth annual Blue Star Museums program, which provides free admission to our nation’s active duty personnel and their families.

The 2019 program will begin earlier than in past years, launching on Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, and ending on Monday, September 2, 2019, Labor Day. This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens and more.   Military can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U. S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps — and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

“The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania is proud to take part in the Blue Star Museums program for military families again this summer,” says Museum director Patrick Morrison. “The staff and Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania sincerely appreciate and thank our troops and their families for their service.”

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania offers free admission to active duty service personnel year-round.

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but they are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums nationwide.