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Parrish Art Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Families

Just in time for Memorial Day, when we remember our fallen soldiers, and are reminded to honor those who are still with us, the Parrish Art Museum will be providing free admission to the country’s active duty military personnel this summer.

The move comes as part of the national Blue Star Museums program—a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America, which allows members of our military (including National Guard and Reserve) and their families an opportunity to enjoy these cultural institutions without hurting their bottom line. The program begins at the Parrish tomorrow, Thursday, May 21 and will continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 7 of this year.

“We are honored to participate in Blue Star Museums, extending free admission to those in the service of our country and their families,” Parrish Art Museum Deputy Director Scott Howe says. “The program reinforces the museum’s mandate to be the center of cultural engagement for our region, serving all the residents of our community.”

“Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time…” NEA Chairman Jane Chu says. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities,” Chu adds. “We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”

The Blue Star Museums program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard—as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps. According to Blue Star Museums guidelines, those eligible for the free admission program may bring up to five family members.

The Parrish Art Museum also offers free admission year round to anyone under the age of 18, as well as to students with ID.

Find more info about the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Highway) in Water Mill, call 631-283-2118 or visit

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