2019 Blue Star Museums events

To celebrate the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families held events with military families, museum leaders, and elected officials at two museums in areas with high military populations.

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A group of people, some in military uniforms, walk through a museum space

Throughout the summer, military families enjoyed free admission to more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums across the country. Photo by Brandyn Liu

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Children stand together looking at a painting.

Military family members observed artwork in the Stein Gallery at a Blue Star Museums event at Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Debra Heuskin

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A man in a dark suit stands at a podium in a gallery space addressing an audience. An American flag and Blue Star Museums banner serve as a backdrop

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry proclaimed May 24, 2019 as Blue Star Museums Day in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Debra Heuskin

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A man in a white U.S. Navy uniform speaks from a podium.

RDML Gary Mayes, USN, commander, Navy Regional Southeast welcomed guests to Cummer Art Museum & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida on May 24, 2019 at an event to kick-off the 2019. Photo by Debra Heuskin

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A group of people, including children, pose for a photo with Blue Star Museums signs.

Military families, community leaders, and members of the arts community came together to celebrate the tenth summer of Blue Star Museums at Cummer Art Museum & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida on May 24, 2019. Photo by Debra Heuskin

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A group of people mingle outside near a sculpture

Military families outside Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Debra Heuskin

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A girl with a white bow in her hair looks at a museum exhibit

A young girl observes an exhibit at Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Photo by Brandyn Liu

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 group of people (men in military uniforms, women in dresses, and children) stand in front of a museum exhibit

Military families toured the museum at Pearl Harbor National Memorial during a Blue Star Museums event on June 28, 2019. Photo by Brandyn Liu

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Four people (2 men and 2 women) stand together smiling in an outdoor space

Pictured left-right at Pearl Harbor National Memorial: RDML Robert B. Chadwick, II, U.S. Navy; Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families; Mary Anne Carter, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman; Jason Blount, National Parks Service Public Information Officer. Photo by Brandyn Liu

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A woman with brown hair speaks from a podium in an outdoor space with an audience seated in white chairs looks on

Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence, delivered remarks during a Blue Star Museums event on June 28, 2019 at Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Photo by Brandyn Liu

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A woman in a U.S. Air Force uniform tosses flower petals into the water in front of a memorial.

A military service member tossed flower petals into Pearl Harbor while passing the USS Arizona Memorial during a Blue Star Museums event on June 28, 2019. Photo by Brandyn Liu