Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families through Blue Star Museums Program
May 25–September 2, 2012
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…Admission to Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History will be free for all active duty military personnel and their families from Friday, May 25, through Sunday, September 2, 2012, as part of the Blue Star Museums Program. Regular parking rates apply. Admission to fee-based programs, such as Culture Club and pre-registered events, is not included. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are two of the more than 1,500 museums participating in the Blue Star Museums program, a project of the National Endowment for the Arts, which brings quality arts programs to the military and their families. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), A DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card, which includes active duty military personnel—and up to five of their immediate family members—in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve.
In addition, military families and all museum visitors can take advantage of extended summer hours, when Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are open on Mondays 10 a.m.–5 p.m., July 9–August 27. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members always visit free. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History offer 50% off admission for active military personnel year-round for up to four people per military ID.
What’s on view
In addition to the Scaife and Bruce galleries displaying the permanent art collections, visitors to Carnegie Museum of Art during the Blue Star Museums program may enjoy an exceptional array of special exhibitions:
- Duncan Campbell, through July 8
- Henri Matisse: The Thousand and One Nights, through July 15
- Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz, through August 26
- Natural History (featuring contemporary art relating to the natural world), opens July 28
- Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World, opens August 4
- Hand Made: Contemporary Craft in Ceramic, Glass, and Wood, ongoing
- Past Meets Present: Decorative Arts and Design at Carnegie Museum of Art, ongoing
At Carnegie Museum of Natural History, visitors are treated to such favorites as Dinosaurs in Their Time, Hillman Hall of Gems and Minerals, Walton Hall of Ancient Egypt, and Population Impact, as well as these limited-time exhibitions:
- M is for Museum, through August 30
- Warhol's Dogs and Cats Series, through September 9
- Lord of the Crane Flies, ongoing
- Exploration Basecamp, ongoing
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of 22 million objects and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures. More information is available by calling 412.622.3131 or by visiting the website, www.carnegiemnh.org.