NHA News Release: May 26, 2016

NHA Offers Free Admission for Active-Duty Military as Part of Blue Star Museums Initiative

NANTUCKET, MA – Active-duty military personnel and their party of up to six people will receive free admission to the Nantucket Historical Association’s Whaling Museum and historic sites as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative. The free admission program is open to active duty U.S. military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, and NOAA Commissioned Corps. The Whaling Museum is open daily, May 28 through October 30, 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Historic sites will be open daily beginning May 28 through October 10, from 11 A.M.– 4 P.M.

Now in its seventh year, Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2016. Leadership support for Blue Star Families programming and promotional materials has been provided by MetLife Foundation. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service member families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”

More than 2,000 (and counting) museums are participating in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. This includes children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers.

“We are so honored to be a part of this amazing initiative,” says Marjan Shirzad, NHA Director of Visitor Experience. “We are thrilled to be able to provide service members and their families the experience of Nantucket’s rich history, free of charge.”

For additional information about this or other programs and events at the NHA, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.