Press Release

May 26, 2016
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, May 26, 2016) —The Tampa Bay History Center is proud to participate in the launch of Blue Star Museums, 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 2016.

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 at

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally-recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together, and offers families fun and enriching activities in their home towns.”

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.

For more information, visit or call 813-675-8985.
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