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Rutgers Museums to Participate in Blue Star Museums Program


The Rutgers Geology Museum and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers are proud to be two 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 Dept. of Defense.





The Rutgers Geology Museum and the Zimmerli are proud to announce their participation in the Blue Star Museum program during the summer of 2014. The Blue Star Museum Program is a collaboration effort between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families has provided leadership support. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at

"As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums than ever are part of this military appreciation program," said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "Together with Blue Star Families are more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities."

"Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year," said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. "It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers."

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. This year's Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children's museums.

For more information about the eligibility for the Blue Star Museum program, please check out the National Endowment for the Arts website.

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums and the Rutgers Geology Museum on Twitter at @BlueStarFamily, @NEAarts, @rugeomuseum, and #BlueStarMuse.



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