Blue Star Museum program begins Memorial Day

In a plenary session, l-r, McGeorge Bundy, Adm Grant Sharp, Gen. William Westmorland at Honolulu conference on Vietnam War, Feb. 7, 1966.

Blue Star Museum program


Participating in this summer’s Blue Star Museums program, the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017.

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Visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas can check out Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, a special exhibit that brings together the stories of U.S. military veterans who have served our nation since 9/11 and their portraits painted by President Bush.

In a new exhibit at the LBJ Library, 10 museums and archives at The University of Texas at Austin, along with the LBJ Library, share some rare treasures in Deep in the Vaults of Texas: A Campus Collaboration. Running through the end of the year at the Bush Library in College Station, the Legacy of Ranching: Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future exhibit highlights the strong ranching legacies of Texas.

Free admission to all three museums is available May 29 through Sept. 4 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. This 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. A family member may include a spouse, child, aunts, uncles, or grandparents.

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 in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa.