News Release: Arts and Humanities

May 24,  2010

Military Families Get Free Admission to Carlos Museum This Summer

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University is honored to announce the launch of Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.

Families can visit the museum website for museum hours.

Director of the Carlos Museum, Bonnie Speed, said, "We are pleased to partner with the National Endowment of Arts and Blue Star Families. Offering free admission to our military personnel and their families is a small, but heartfelt token of our appreciation, and we hope they will find their experiences here enriching and inspiring."

"America's museums are proud to join the rest of the country in thanking our military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice," said National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Rocco Landesman. "I cannot imagine a better way to do that than welcoming them in to explore and enjoy the extraordinary cultural heritage our museums present.  The works of art on view this summer will inspire and challenge viewers, and sometimes they will just be a great deal of fun."

"There have always been wonderful examples of partnerships between museums and military installations, but the scale of this gift from the museum communities to military families is thrilling," says Blue Star Families chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. "Military families work hard for this country, and it is gratifying for us to be recognized for that.  We anticipate that thousands of military families will participate in the program and visit museums this summer - many of them for the first time. Blue Star Families will work hard to help our military families make the most of these opportunities."

More than 600 museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking part in the initiative. The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Association of Children's Museums each sent a letter from NEA chairman Landesman inviting museums to participate in the program. In addition to 30 children's museums across the country, participating museums represent a broad range of art, history, science and cultural topics.

Blue Star Museums runs from Memorial Day, May 31 through Labor Day, Sept. 6. The free admission program is available to active duty military and their immediate family members (military ID holder and five immediate family members), which includes active duty Reserve and active duty National Guard. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program.

For questions on particular exhibits or museums, contact the museum directly. Find participating museums.

This is the latest Arts Endowment program to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. 

Blue Star Families is a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. For more information, visit


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