Museum to offer free summer admission to military personnel

Courtesy Grand Rapids Public Museum

Grand Rapids Public Museum is providing free admission to military members this summer.

Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) said yesterday it joined the Blue Star Museums initiative for its summer 2022 program and will provide free admission to members of the U.S. military from Armed Forces Day, May 21, to Labor Day, Sept. 5.

The nationwide program is offered at over 2,000 museums across the country every summer and provides free admission to currently serving U.S. military personnel and their families. 

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and participating museums. Participants include children’s, art, science and history museums; zoos; gardens; and lighthouses from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“The museum is pleased to participate in this program again to provide free admission to active duty military personnel and their families to enjoy three floors of science, history and culture,” said Kate Kocienski, vice president of marketing and public relations for GRPM. “This collaboration is another way we strive to make the museum experience more accessible.”

Blue Star Museums is available for those currently serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps.

Those eligible can include up to five family members in their visit. For admission, qualified members must show a valid Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card. Tickets cannot be redeemed online.

General admission to the GRPM through the Blue Star Museum initiative includes three floors of exhibits as well as “Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs” and the GRPM original exhibit “Fashion and Nature.” Shows in the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium can be added on with an additional ticket.

A full list of exhibits is here

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