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Illinois State Museum Participating in Blue Star Museum Program

Museum’s Summer Passport Program for Kids Also Returns May 28-Aug. 5


Springfield, IL – The Illinois State Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their communities, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at ww.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

The launch of the Blue Star Museums program at the ISM will begin May 26 for the Memorial Day weekend and continue through Labor Day on September 3. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the Museum’s “Unsung Heroes” exhibition until June 3. Beginning June 30, the Illinois State Museum’s major exhibition “Bicentennial and Beyond! The Illinois Legacy Collection” will showcase some of the rarest and most interesting pieces in the Museum’s collection.

Free admission is always available to active military and veterans at the Illinois State Museum, but for the duration of the Blue Star Museum program, the free admission will be extended to additional family members. Please bring your military ID or other documentation including a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form, 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card.


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