|May 24, 2017|
|Contact: Manny Leto|
Tampa Bay History Center Joins Blue Star Museums Program
Tampa Bay History Center will offer free admission
to military personnel and their families this summer.
(Tampa, Florida May 24, 2017) – The Tampa Bay History Center is proud to participate in the 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 to offer free admission to the
nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from
Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017.
The Blue Star Museum program at the History Center is presented by USAA.
The free admission to the History Center 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, NOAA Commissioned
Corps – and up to five family members.
The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage or learn more
about their new communities after a military move. A complete list of participating museums is available
“Whether they want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, or encounter animals
at the aquarium, Blue Star Museums will help service members and their families create memories this
summer,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “This fantastic
collaboration with the NEA brings our local military and civilian communities together, and offers
families fun and enriching activities in their home towns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of
the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”
This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American
Samoa are taking part in the initiative.
The Tampa Bay History Center includes three floors of permanent and temporary exhibition space
focusing on 12,000 years of Florida history. The History Center features a Museum Store, the Witt
Research Center (a branch of the Hillsborough County Public Library System), a map gallery, an event
hall and the Columbia Cafe. One of Tampa’s premier cultural venues, the History Center’s hands-on,
cutting-edge interactive exhibits and programs offer a fun, educational experience for all ages.
Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families,
the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from
Memorial Day, May 30, 2016 through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.