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George Eastman House offers free admission to active military families

Rochester, N.Y., June 12, 2015—George Eastman House has joined Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families. The official Blue Star program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015; however, George Eastman House will offer free admission to active military and their families year-round, beginning on Flag Day, Sunday, June 14, 2015.

“It is our honor to welcome active military and their families to explore George Eastman House throughout the entire year,” said Bruce Barnes, Ron and Donna Fielding Director, George Eastman House. “George Eastman’s mission was to make Rochester the best place to work and live, and in honor of his philanthropic legacy we are opening our doors to the very deserving men and women who are making a difference in our community, our nation, and around the world.”

To celebrate Flag Day on Sunday, active military and their families are encouraged to visit George Eastman House at 900 East Avenue in Rochester. The free admission program is available 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, which includes active duty US military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members.

Free parking is available at Eastman House, with entrances located off of both University Avenue and East Avenue. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About the Blue Star Program
“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”

This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the Blue Star initiative. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Alliance of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science-Technology Centers. This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

About Blue Star Museums
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 across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. This is the latest NEA program 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. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation's cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.