Museums offer free admission to active duty military members

Published 5:13 pm Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Gaineswood is one of 22 museums in Alabama that are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day.

The National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense are working with more than 2,000 museums nationwide to offer free admission to active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve members and their families, through the Blue Star Museums program.

In Alabama, participating museums include: Gaineswood National Historic Landmark; Alabama Veterans Museum in Athens; Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University; Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and McWane Science Center in Birmingham; Fendall Hall Historic House Museum in Eufaula; City of Foley Museum Archives and Model Train Exhibit; United States Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker; Magnolia Grove in Greensboro; Fort Morgan State Historic Site and Alabama Historical Commission in Gulf Shores; Pond Spring, the home of General Joe Wheeler in Hillsboro; Confederate Memorial Park in Marbury; History Museum of Mobile and Mobile Museum of Art; Alabama State Capitol, Alabama Historical Commission, Freedom Rides Museum, Alabama Historical Commission and Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts; Old Cahawba Archaeological Park in Orrville; Fort Mims Restoration Association in Stockton; Paul W. Bryant Museum and Tuscaloosa Museum of Art: Home of the Westervelt Collection; and Belle Mont Mansion in Tuscumbia.

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A Military ID is required for free admission. Up to five family members can also visit the museum free if accompanied by military member.