Fine Arts Museum Offers Free Admission For Military Personnel, Families
The Museum of Fine Arts is partnering with Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and more than 600 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2010.
MFAH is launching the initiative May 28, so that military families can take advantage over Memorial Day weekend. Families can visit www.mfah.org for hours of the MFAH and its two house museums, Bayou Bend and Rienzi. The complete list of participating Blue Star Museums is available at www.arts.gov.
“The MFAH joins museums around the country to thank military staff for their service, and we are pleased to provide free admission to military employees and their families this summer, beginning Friday, May 28, for Memorial Day weekend,” said Dr. Peter C. Marzio, MFAH Director. “Exhibitions on view at the MFAH this summer will include a retrospective for “cowboy artist” Charles Russell, opening June 6, and an exquisite exhibition of Ishimoto Yasuhiro’s photographs of Katsura, an imperial villa in Japan, opening June 20. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi, the MFAH’s two house museums that feature American and European decorative arts and acres of gardens, will both be available to the military and their families free of charge, along with the MFAH’s sculpture garden, which is always free to all. We hope military families will come and enjoy the all that the MFAH has to offer, and take advantage of the museum’s programming, from lectures to themed activities for families.”
More than 600 museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are taking part in the initiative. The American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, and the Association of Children’s Museums each sent a letter from NEA Chairman Landesman inviting museums to participate in this program.