Beginning on Monday, active-duty military men and women and their families may visit more than 2,000 museums nationwide for free under the Blue Star Museums’ program, a national initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts. The program ends on Labor Day.
The museums offering the free access for those interested in the Civil War include the Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia, the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum in Illinois, the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Tennessee and the Museum of the Confederacy in Virginia.
Some of the participating museums have a free or reduced-cost policy for active-duty men and women all year round. The Museum of the Confederacy is one of them. Spokesman Sam Craghead said their museums in Richmond and Appomattox Court House jointly admitted 1,197 active-duty visitors and their families between June 1, 2012, and mid-May of this year.