Free Admission for Military Personnel and their Families All Summer

The Stickley Museum is proud to once again join with other museums across the country in honoring our nation’s service men and women. Along with the other 1,800 Blue Star Museums we are offering free admission to active military personnel and their families now through Labor Day.

The Museum’s Executive Director Heather Stivison says, “The Stickley Museum has been a Blue Star Museum since the program’s inception. We are proud to participate with other museums across the nation as a way to express our appreciation for our country’s service men and women and their families who are sacrificing so much for our country.”

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 participating museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 28, 2012 through Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members who may include a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.).  Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members.  Please see the chart of the acceptable IDs (PDF).

“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 1,800 museums across the United States, military families have an unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active duty National Guard and Reserve members, active duty U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, active duty NOAA Commissioned Corps), and up to five family members.

Spouses of deployed military are also eligible for Blue Star Museums. Just bring your DD Form 1173 ID Card, or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, for active duty military family members.  Children under the age of 10 without military ID are welcome to attend with their parents who either hold a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card.

Make a day of it! Visit the Stickley Museum for free then grab some lunch and enjoy a family picnic on the grounds.  The grounds at Craftsman Farms are also free of charge from dawn until dusk.  And be sure to check out other participating sites.  There are thirty in New Jersey alone and several in Morris County.  For a list of participating New Jersey Museums click here.

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