This summer, the Texas Historical Commission’s State Historic Sites are participating in the Blue Star Museums program. This provides active military personnel and their families free admission to various museums and historic properties. The program, coordinated by the National Endowment for the Arts, began on Memorial Day and extends through Labor Day, September 4, 2017.

More than 1,800 museums in all 50 states are taking part in the initiative. This is the eighth consecutive year of the program. The program is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums and state agencies such as the Texas Historical Commission. A number of the Texas Historical Commission’s historic sites are dedicated to preserving the memory of military service in Texas, such as the National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg and the Fannin Battleground.

Currently, over 100 museums and historic sites are participating in Texas and the list of eligible museums will be updated through the summer as more museums join the program. In the Coastal Bend area, three museums are participating in the Blue Star Museums program. The Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi, the King Ranch Museum in Kingsville, and the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site in Rockport. This is a great benefit that the Texas Historical Commission and Blue Star Families offer the brave men and women in the military.

For more information, and to learn which other museums are participating, visit: www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.