2018 1st Blue Star Family

2018 1st Blue Star Family

The Runestone Museum Foundation announced that it will once again participate in Blue Star Museums this summer. Blue Star Museums, which the Runestone Museum joined for the first time last year, is a national program that provides free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families.

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 U.S. museums, active military ID holders and up to five accompanying family members will receive free general admission at the Runestone Museum during summer 2019, excluding special events.

In 2018, more than 680,000 military families visited Blue Star Museums across the country. The 2019 program launches Saturday, May 18, Armed Forces Day, and ends on Monday, Sept. 2, Labor Day.

"We're very excited to participate in the program again," stated Amanda Seim, Runestone Museum Foundation executive director. "It’s a fantastic way to recognize and honor the service of military men and women and their families." The Runestone Museum also offers a veteran military and active military discount 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," stated Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, in a press release. "Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole."

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