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TRAVEL & ENTERTAINMENT: Contemporary Jewish Museum Participating in Blue Star Museum Programs

Aug 10, 2018
The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.

Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence have even provided a letter in support of Blue Star Museums. They write, “As military families create meaningful memories enjoying the many benefits that museums offer, may they know of our country’s everlasting gratitude for their extraordinary commitment and sacrifice.”

More than 2,000 museums across America participate in Blue Star Museums each summer. These include children's museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, zoos, and nature centers. One can find participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

The 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 Active Duty and Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. A family member of active duty military may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.

Blue Star Museums is an effort to improve the quality of life for active duty military families, especially focusing on the approximately two million children who have had at least one parent deployed since 2001. Blue Star Museums was created to show support for military families who have faced multiple deployments and the challenges of reintegration. This program offers these families a chance to visit museums this summer when many will have limited resources and limited time to be together.

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve involves partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, the Association of Science-Technology Centers, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information on The Contemporary Jewish Museum (736 Mission Street) in San Francisco please visit info@thecjm.org or phone (415) 655-7800.


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