The Steilacoom Historical Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015, in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.
Active military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as national Guard and Reserve, U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps and up to five family members. 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.
“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide. “
“Three volunteers from our museum had a wonderful opportunity to meet with hundreds of military families at the recent Military Travel Fair held at the Tacoma Convention Center,” said Steilacoom Historical Museum president Marianne Bull. “We were able to engage families about our town, the history museum and the facilities and events we offer. Many were pleased to learn about Blue Star Museums and that we were participating in this program. “
In addition, families were informed about Kids Club at the Museum. From 1-3, on the last Saturday of each month through September, children ages 5 to 10 will create crafts, learn about pioneer life and visit the exhibits at the Museum. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 253-584-4133.