The northwest Arkansas museum is participating in Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across the country.
The free admission is available to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Click here for the complete list of participating museums.
"Crystal Bridges opened on Veterans Day, 2011, and is dedicated to celebrating the American spirit through the works of American artists," said Crystal Bridges' Executive Director Don Bacigalupi. "It is fitting that admission to our permanent collection and current temporary exhibition be a part of this nationwide collaboration for the benefit of our military families. We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum."
Crystal Bridges' participation in Blue Star Museums will include free admission to The Hudson River School: Nature and the American Vision, a temporary exhibition featuring 45 landscape paintings from the collection of the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition will be on view at Crystal Bridges through September 3. Admission to Nature and the American Vision requires timed, reserved tickets.
Click here for more information, or to reserve tickets on the Crystal Bridges website.
"Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. "This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community."
"As we enter the third consecutive year of the Blue Star Museums program, we are happy provide an opportunity for our nation's service members and their families to connect with our national treasures," said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. "Through this distinctive collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,500 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country's finest museums for free."
This year, more than 1,500 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative, including more than 300 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.
Click here for more information about Blue Star Families.
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