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More than 1,600 US museums to open doors for free to military families throughout the summer
WASHINGTON (AP) ' More than 1,600 museums across the country will offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in a program that has more than doubled in size since 2010.
The expanded Blue Star Museums initiative will be announced Tuesday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where more than 40 museums are participating. The offer of free admission runs from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
The program began in 2010 as a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Defense Department. It's adding 300 new museums this year.
New participants include the American Civil War Center in Richmond, Va., the New Mexico Museum of Space History, San Francisco's Children's Creativity Museum and the World Figure Skating Museum in Colorado.