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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Louisiana summer daycations: Blue Star Museums offers free admission to service members

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  • The National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families have partnered with over 2,000 museums across the United States to offer free admission to the nation's service members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and their families.
    According to Blue Star Museums, the free admission program runs from Memorial Day, which was May 26, through Labor Day, which will be September 1.
    This program provides military families with the opportunity to plan summer daycations — a day long vacation — that include educational stops, like parks and museums, without the high price of admission costs.
    In Monroe, the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum is participating in the program, and in Jonesboro, the Jackson Parish Museum is included. For longer trips within the state, free admission is provided at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum and the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge and at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve and the Museum of Art in New Orleans as well as numerous other locations.
    Families who are planning extensive travel across the country can visit the website bluestarfam.org/Programs/Blue_Star_Museums for a complete list of participating institutions in any state.
    Area residents always have access to free admission at the Snyder Museum during its regular operating hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday.
    In July, the Snyder, which does accept donations, will be hosting a display that will include numerous military artifacts that have a connection to soldiers from the local community. Nelson Jones recently showed a portion of these artifacts at an Optimist Club meeting, but an expanded version will be on display in the Snyder.

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