Military Families Get Free Admission to Boscobel This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day

Active duty military and their families can enjoy free admission at Boscobel House & Gardens, plus more than 1,500 other museums nationwide from Memorial Day until Labor Day 2012 through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from May 28 through Sept. 3. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. For a complete list of participating museums, visit the Blue Star website.

The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their family members (military ID holder and up to five family members). Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard and active duty Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program.

Carolin Serino, Boscobel’s acting executive director said, “We are delighted to offer the beauty and history of Boscobel to those who serve to protect our nation and its heritage. On several occasions, while standing on Boscobel’s great front lawn overlooking the majestic Hudson River and West Point Military Academy, I have been privileged to see American Bald Eagles flying overhead, an inspiring site to say the least.   It is my hope that many of our men and women who serve in the military, along with their families will enjoy the splendor of Boscobel and its view of American history.”

“Through Blue Star Museums, the arts community is extending a special invitation to military families to enjoy over 1,500 museums this summer,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is both an opportunity to thank military families for their service and sacrifice, as well as a chance to create connections between museums and these families that will continue throughout the year. Especially for families with limited time together, those on a limited budget, and ones that have to relocate frequently, Blue Star Museums offers an opportunity to enjoy one another and become more fully integrated into a community.”

Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable through programs and partnerships like Operation Honor Cards, MilKidz Club and Blue Star Museums. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and the civilians who strongly support them.

To receive free admission at Boscobel, military families must present a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard) and National Guard and Reserve members. For more information, visit the Boscobel website or call 845-265-3638.

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