GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History is offering free admission to all fee-based exhibits for active-duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day, Sept. 2, as a part of the nationwide Blue Star Museums initiative.

blue star museums logoThis is the eighth consecutive summer the Florida Museum has partnered with 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 the United States.

“We are so pleased to participate in this important national program as a way to thank active-duty military personnel and their families for their contributions to the nation,” said Darcie MacMahon, the museum’s director of exhibits and public programs.

Free admission to paid exhibits is available to all active-duty U.S. military and up to five family members: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps.

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Writer: Gillian Sweeney, 352-273-2032,
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