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For Immediate Release: May 21, 2013
Media Contacts: Emma Filar, Marketing & Communications Associate
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Free Admission for Active Duty Military Personnel and their Families, Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013

Museum participating in Blue Star Museums

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Building Museum offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2013. The Museum is part of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,500 museums across America.

This summer, the Museum features the following exhibitions:

  • House & Home, an exhibition featuring a kaleidoscopic array of photographs, objects, models, and films that takes visitors on a tour of houses exploring American domestic life and residential architecture
  • Building Zone for ages 2-6 with adult supervision introduces children to the building arts through play
  • Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces, showcasing the accomplishments of the Rafael Guastavino family, Spanish immigrants whose tile vaulting techniques created awe-inspiring spaces that define many of the nation’s most iconic structures, from New York’s Grand Central Terminal to the Nebraska State Capitol
  • Mini Golf, for ages 4 and up, features two unique nine-hole courses explore architects’ visions of “Building the Future”
  • Green Schools, the first-ever museum exhibition dedicated to the greening of American schools explores green and sustainable practices in school buildings, from architecture, lighting, and water systems to school gardens, lunch, and recycling
  • PLAY WORK BUILD, where children and adults alike are encouraged to put their skills to the test and let their imaginations run wild with blocks—small, big, and virtual

Free admission is available during this period to active-duty military personnel and up to five immediate adult family members. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Military IDs accepted include the Geneva Convention common access card (CAC); DD Form 1173 ID Card or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card. Admission to the Museum is always free for Museum members and children two and under.

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. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them. To learn more about Blue Star Families, visit www.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. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at www.arts.gov.

The National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution dedicated to advancing the quality of the built environment by educating people about its impact on their lives. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, online content, and publications, the Museum has become a vital forum for the exchange of ideas and information about the world we build for ourselves. Public inquiries: 202.272.2448 or visit www.nbm.org. Connect with us on Twitter: @BuildingMuseum and Facebook.

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