YONKERS, NY JUNE 13 – The Hudson River Museum is pleased to announce that we are participating in
Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 now through Labor Day. The program
provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their
community, especially after a military move. A list of participating museums is available at
“We are proud to be one of the Blue Star Museums and to give back to the military personnel in our
community,” says HRM Director Masha Turchinsky. “It’s an excellent way to show our appreciation and
join museums throughout the nation to offer visitors opportunities to spend quality time and engage
with art, science, and history in a beautiful setting along the banks of the Hudson River. ”
"The Blue Star Museums program is a great opportunity for the NEA to team up with local museums in
every state in the nation to support our service members and their families," said NEA Chairman Jane
Chu. “It means a lot to offer these families access to high-quality, budget-friendly opportunities to spend
This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history
museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums, including newly participating museums:
the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia; The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame Museum
in Memphis Tennessee; the Hagerman Fossil 3 Beds National Monument in Hagerman Idaho; and the
Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums
throughout the summer.
“Whether they want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, or encounter animals
at the aquarium, Blue Star Museums will help service members and their families create memories this
summer,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “This fantastic
collaboration with the NEA brings our local military and civilian communities together, and offers
families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of
the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
About Blue Star Museums
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families,
the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from
Memorial Day, May 29, 2017 through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card
(CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty
U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard
and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to
five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free
admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum
directly. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums
on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art
Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.
Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Wendy Clark, NEA Director of Museums, at email@example.com.
This is the latest NEA program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families.
Other NEA programs for the military include the Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network.
About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support
gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their
creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies,
and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and
diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community
across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.
About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military spouses, children, parents and friends, as
well as service members, veterans and civilians, dedicated to supporting, connecting, and empowering
military families. With our partners, Blue Star Families leverages data-driven insights to curate resources
for military families, including career development tools, local community events for families, and
caregiver support. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of
volunteers and served more than 4 million military family members. Blue Star Families also works
directly with the Department of Defense and senior members of local, State and Federal government to
bring the most important military family issues to light. With Blue Star Families, military families can find
answers to their challenges anywhere they are. Visit bluestarfam.org for more information.
The Hudson River Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday, 12 - 5 pm. From July 7 - September 2, the Museum’s Fridays and Saturday hours are extended from 5 to 8pm, and admission is FREE for the galleries and the Friday and Saturday night Planetarium shows at 7 pm.
Museum Admission: Adults $6; Youth 3 - 18 $3; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $4. Planetarium Admission: Adults $4; Youth 3 -18 $2; Seniors 62+ and Students with ID $3.