This summer, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) will be free for all active duty personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America. Each summer since 2010, Blue Star Museums have offered free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve. More than 2,000 museums across America are participating in Blue Star Museums. These include fine art museums, children’s museums, history and science museums, and nature centers. Last summer, Blue Star Museums allowed over 900,000 active-duty personnel and their families to visit museums free-of-charge across the country. For more information, or to find a list of Blue Star Museums, go to www.arts.gov/bluestarmusuems.
MMAM Executive Director Nicole Chamberlain-Dupree is excited to welcome Blue Star Families to the Museum. “On behalf the staff, Board of Directors, and volunteers at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, we are proud to participate in the Blue Star Museums program and welcome active-duty military personnel and their families to the museum this summer for free. Programs such as this support MMAM’s vision of being an art institution dedicated to community engagement.”
There is always something new to experience at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, a nonprofit art museum that engages visitors in meaningful visual art experiences through education and exhibitions that explore the ongoing and historic human relationship with water. It is located at 800 Riverview Drive in Winona and is surrounded by acres of native prairie gardens along the Mississippi River. Gallery and MMAM Store hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the museum is available at www.mmam.org.