WILMINGTON, Del., May 24, 2013 – Nine members of the Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance announced this week that they will honor U.S. military personnel and their families this summer with free admission as part of the “Blue Star Museums” program, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America.
Participating Brandywine Treasures include: Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware History Museum & Read House, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum & Library, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Rockwood Museum and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Other Brandywine Treasures make visiting affordable for military families, such as Longwood Gardens, with year-round military discounts, and Mt. Cuba Center, with special free days.
Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty members of the U.S. armed forces and their families to participating institutions from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
“One of the initiatives of the Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance, the Treasure Trail Passport, makes visiting our Brandywine Treasures affordable for those who need it. The Blue Star Museums program takes it from affordable to free, enabling many of our Alliance members thank a population that we can never repay for their sacrifices: active military personnel and their families,” said Sara Monserrat Teixido, Alliance chair.
“Whether they’re looking for a relaxing stroll with a spouse in a garden, an enriching museum experience with the family, or to let the kids get out their wiggles in an outdoor space, now military families don’t have to worry about cost this summer. And with all the Alliance’s gardens, museums, and historic sites conveniently clustered within a ten-mile radius, it’s easy for a traveler to visit all of our Treasures in a week or even a long weekend.”
“Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”
“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”
This year’s program involves participating institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa, including more than 450 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.
The Blue Star Museums program is the latest in the NEA’s effort to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.
For more information about the Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance or our Treasure Trail Passport, visit our website or inquire at any of our member attractions, and join us on on Facebook and Twitter.
About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
The free admission program is available to active duty military with appropriate government-issued ID and up to five members of their their family. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions about particular museums, please contact the museum directly. For a complete list of participating museums, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
About Blue Star Families
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. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit bluestarfam.org.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.
Brandywine Museums & Gardens Alliance Members
Brandywine River Museum, U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, PA 19317; www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19806; www.delart.org.
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington, DE 19801; www.thedcca.org.
Delaware Historical Society (includes Delaware History Museum in Wilmington and George Read II House and Gardens in New Castle), 504 Market St., Wilmington, DE 19801; www.dehistory.org.
Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Delaware Route 52, Wilmington, DE 19807; www.delmnh.org.
Hagley Museum and Library, DE Route 141, Wilmington, DE 19807; www.hagley.org.
Longwood Gardens, U.S. Route 1 at PA Route 52, Kennett Square, PA 19348; www.longwoodgardens.org.
Mt. Cuba Center, Inc., 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707; www.mtcubacenter.org.
Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Alapocas Drive and Powder Mill Road (DE Route 141), Wilmington, DE 19803; www.nemoursmansion.org.
Rockwood Park & Museum, 610 Shipley Rd., Wilmington, DE 19805; www.rockwood.org.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, DE Route 52, Winterthur, DE 19735; www.winterthur.org.
Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau, 100 West 10th St., Wilmington, DE 19801-1661; 302-652-4088. www.visitwilmingtonde.com.
Brandywine Conference & Visitors Bureau, One Beaver Valley Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 19317; 610-565-3679. www.brandywinecvb.org.
Chester County Conference & Visitors Bureau, 17 Wilmington Mews, Suite 400, West Chester, PA 19382; 610-719-1730. www.brandywinevalley.com.
The above information provided by the Brandywine Museum & Garden Alliance; it is deemed reliable. Please call to confirm any and all dates and times.
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