This summer, the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka will offer free admission for all active duty military personnel and their families (military ID holder and up to five family members) through the “Blue Star Museums” program. “Blue Star Museums” is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 1,500 museums across the country. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. For a complete list of participating museums, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
The program begins the day after Memorial Day (May 29) and runs until Labor Day. Now in its third year, both the Alaska State Museum and Sheldon Jackson Museum have participated in Blue Star Museums since its inception.
“Not only is it an opportunity for the Museum — and, by extension, the state of Alaska—to thank military families for their service and sacrifice,” said ASM Chief Curator Robert Banghart. “But it also fits with this summer’s exhibit about World War II in the Aleutian Islands.”
Summer hours at the Alaska State Museum are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Summer admission is $7 with a $1 discount for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.