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2,000 Museums Offer Military Families Free Access

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    NEW YORK, NY - MAY 27: A United States Marine shows weaponry during a demonstration in Times Square as part of Fleet Week festivities May 27, 2011 in New York City. Fleet Week, which has been held in New York since 1984, brings thousands of military members to the city where they engage the public with numerous activities, demonstrations, tours and contests. Fleet Week concludes on Memorial Day with a military flyover to honor those killed while serving in the military. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    More than 2,000 museums nationwide are offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer, beginning on Memorial Day.

    The Blue Star Museums program is being launched Wednesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art in Texas. This is the fifth year for the program created by the National Endowment for the Arts with the group Blue Star Families and the Defense Department.

    The free admission offer runs through Labor Day in September. It's extended to military service members, including National Guard and Reserve members, and their families.

    The initiative began in 2010 with fewer than 1,000 museums. New participants this year include the High Museum in Atlanta and The Thinkery children's museum in Austin.

    Find a list of participating museums here: Blue Star Museums