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2,000 museums nationwide to offer free admission to active duty military personnel

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is one of the museums participating in the initiative (COURTESY OF THE CORCORAN GALLERY OF ART)

Two thousand museums across the country will offer free admission to the active duty military personnel and their families, the National Endowment for the Arts announced Tuesday. The NEA, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit for military families, is supporting the annual initiative, which provides free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The groups made the announcement in Washington on Tuesday at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In Washington, the Phillips Collection and the Corcoran Gallery of Art are among the museums that are participating in the initiative, though many federally funded museums in Washington do not charge admission.

Some popular museums with admission fees are participating, including the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Some of the first-time participants include J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., the Totem Heritage Center in Ketchikan, Alaska, and the World Museum of Mining in Butte, Mont.

While many of the participating museums are fine arts museums, science museums and 75 children’s museums are also participating. Families of deployed members of the Armed Services are eligible for free admission, as well. For a list of participating museums and rules regarding proper identification, visit

Katherine Boyle reports on arts, museums and culture for the Style section.



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