Throughout the summer, more than a dozen museums in Kentucky are offering free admission to active duty military members and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums initiative.
The Department of Defense in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and thousands of museums nationwide began the initiative five years ago as a military appreciation effort aimed at connecting military families to cultural resources in communities where they have moved or are based.
"One of the things I think is great about the program is that if you have someone in your family who is serving out of the country, this might be an opportunity to go somewhere and experience something maybe that you haven't before, and it's kind of therapeutic in the absence of a loved one," says Communications Director Emily Moses with the Kentucky Arts Council.
The following museums are offering free admission through Labor Day, Sept. 1:
Eloise B. Houchens Center
Historic Railpark and Train Museum
Aviation Museum of Kentucky
Frazier History Museum
Historic Locust Grove
Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft
Muhammad Ali Center
Kentucky Gateway Museum Center
James D. Veatch Camp Breckenridge Museum & Arts Center
International Bluegrass Music Museum
Owensboro Museum of Science and History
River Discovery Center
East Kentucky Science Center