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Another Year Of Free Museums For Military Families

Local military families tour the Museum of Photographic Arts with Executive Director Deborah Klochko.
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Above: Local military families tour the Museum of Photographic Arts with Executive Director Deborah Klochko.

We all know museum passes can be pretty pricey, especially if you add the cost on top of a family vacation. Well, if you're active-duty military, you and yours get a well-deserved break on museum admission this summer.

NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman and Mayor Sanders returned to the steps of the San Diego Museum of Art, almost exactly a year later, to announce the renewal of the NEA's Blue Star Museums campaign. The program offers free admission to museums for families of active-duty military.

Last year, 600 museums participated nationwide. This year, 1,350(!) museums across the country are providing the service. The program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Here's where you can find a list of all the museums participating by region.

Seventeen museums in San Diego county are taking part. They are:

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles

Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center

Timken Museum of Art

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego Hall of Champions

San Diego History Center

The San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Museum of Photographic Arts

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Downtown)

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)

Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum

Japanese Friendship Garden

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Barona Cultural Center & Museum

For more news impacting local military and their families, be sure to check out our Home Post blog.

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