LANSING – For the second year, the Michigan History Center has joined the Blue Star Museums as one of more than 2,000 cultural institutions participating in a national collaboration to offer free admission this summer to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families. The free admission offer runs through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

“We are proud to be a part of the Blue Star Museums program, which offers active-duty military personnel and their families free admission to the Michigan History Center,” said center director Sandra Clark. “If you are planning a fun family outing this summer, the MHC is a great place to learn more about the real stories of Michigan’s rich heritage.”

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 to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The program also provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

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.

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just history museums, but also science museums, art museums, nature centers and dozens of children’s museums.

The Michigan History Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museum and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan History Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve, and the Archives of Michigan.

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