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Brandywine River Museum Honors Military this Summer with Free Admission as a "Blue Star Museum"

More than 1,800 Museums Across America Will Offer Free Admission to Military

CHADDS FORD, PA--Brandywine River Museum announced today it will again honor U.S. military personnel and their families this summer with free admission as a member of the "Blue Star Museums" program, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America.

Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty members of the U.S. armed forces and their families to participating institutions beginning Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, and ending Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

Which Way the Wind Blows: Antique American Weathervanes opens May 25 in conjunction with the Brandywine River Museum's annual Antiques Show. Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan, which opens June 15, contains examples of Wyeth's and Kent's dramatic views of the fascinating island of Monhegan in Maine.

"Blue Star Museums is a collaboration between the arts and military communities," said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa." Our work with Blue Star Families and with more than 1,800 museums ensures that we can reach out to military families and thank them for their service and sacrifice."

"Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program," said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. "Through this distinctive collaboration, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country's finest museums for free."

This year's program involves participating institutions in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa, including more than 450 new museums this year. Museums are welcome to join Blue Star Museums throughout the summer.

The Blue Star Museums program is the latest in the NEA's effort to bring quality arts programs to the military, veterans, and their families. Other NEA programs for the military have included the NEA/Walter Reed Healing Arts Partnership; Great American Voices Military Base Tour; and Shakespeare in American Communities Military Base Tour.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.

The free admission program is available to active duty military with appropriate government-issued ID and up to five members of their their family. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions about particular museums, please contact the museum directly. For a complete list of participating museums, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect, and empower military families. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit bluestarfam.org.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at arts.gov.

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The Brandywine River Museum, located on U.S. Route 1 in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, is open daily (except Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults ($15 during the Antiques Show): $8 for seniors ages 65 and over, $6 for children ages 6 and older and free for children 5 and younger and Brandywine Conservancy members. Museum admission is free on Sunday mornings (except May 26 during the Antiques Show) from 9:30 a.m. until noon. For more information, call 610-388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org




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