Military members, families receive free admission at 1,500 museums all summer

The Blue Star Memorial Marker stands on the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum honoring members of the U.S. military. (Photo special to the Independent by Superstition Mountain Museum)

The Blue Star Memorial Marker stands on the grounds of the Superstition Mountain Museum honoring members of the U.S. military. (Photo special to the Independent by Superstition Mountain Museum)

Superstition Mountain Museum is one of almost 1,500 Blue Star Museums across America, and as such, has joined the other museums in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their spouses and children this summer beginning Memorial Day, May 25, through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

This gesture is a “thank you” to military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice, museum Director Barb Atkinson said in a press release. It also affords military families a way to spend quality time together without worrying about the budget, she said.

Military ID or dependent status must be shown at the museum counter. Those eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums include all active duty U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps.

The offer of free admission is good for the military ID holder plus up to five family members. The military ID holder can either be 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.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country.

The museum is at 4087 N. Apache Trail in Apache Junction. It is open  9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. For more information, call 480-983-4888 or visit www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org.

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