Milwaukee Art Museum offering free admission for members of the military, their families

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Military personnel and their families will again be able to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum free of charge this summer. The Museum will participate in the annual Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums in the United States.

Beginning Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 18, through Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019, active military and up to five family members can visit the Milwaukee Art Museum free of charge. Military veterans and one guest will also be able visit the Museum for free this summer.

“We are proud to be this community’s art museum, welcoming everyone in it to explore, be inspired and spend quality time with their friends and family,” said Amanda C. Peterson, Senior Director of Audience Engagement at the Milwaukee Art Museum. “We are so thankful to have programs like this that allow us to welcome those who give so much to this country, as service members, as veterans and as the families that miss their loved ones serving. ”

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. Military veterans and one guest can take advantage of the free admission program with any proof of service, such as a VA card. The Museum’s admissions desks will also offer free postcards and postage for anyone who wants to send a note to those currently deployed.

A list of institutions nationwide participating in the Blue Star Museums collaboration is available at

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