The Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center will join museums nationwide in participating in the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, a program which provides free general admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer.

The 2019 program will launch on Armed Forces Day on May 18 and end on Labor Day, Sept. 2. The list of participating museums can be found at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. This year’s participating organizations include fine art, science, history, and children’s museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, gardens, and more.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump, and Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, are honorary co-chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to celebrate the 10th summer of collaborating with Blue Star Families, Department of Defense, and especially the more than 2,000 museums across our nation that make this program possible, “ said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts. “Organizations such as the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center are providing wonderful opportunities for military families to share a memorable experience together this summer.”

“We’ve seen the tremendous impact the Blue Star Museums program brings to our military families, and we’re thrilled to be celebrating a decade of support,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “Not only are museums fun to explore but are also great for making memories and strengthening military families as a whole.”

The free general admission program is available to those currently serving in the U.S. military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and 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.

Ashley Sinner is the outreach/public relations coordinator for the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center.