Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families through Blue Star Museums Program, May 24–September 2, 2013
Summer Hours Announced
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 24, through Monday, September 2, 2013, as part of the Blue Star Museums Program. Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh Members always visit free. Regular parking rates apply. 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. Admission to fee-based Carnegie Museum of Art and Carnegie Museum of Natural History 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 1,800 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.
All museum visitors can take advantage of extended summer hours, when Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History are open Monday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Memorial Day, May 27, to Labor Day, September 2. The museums are closed Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
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:
- Associated Artists of Pittsburgh 102nd Annual Exhibition, through June 23
- Susan Philipsz, through July 14
- “Japan is the Key…”: Collecting Prints and Ivories, 1900–1920, through July 21
- Teenie Harris Photographs: Focus on Hair, ongoing
- 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:
- BugWorks, through July 28
- Garden of Light: Works by Paula Crevoshay, through August 11
- Roads of Arabia, opening June 22
- Lord of the Crane Flies, 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.