Nearly two dozen museums across Connecticut are offering free admission this summer to active duty military and their families.
The program, known as "Operation Appreciation: Blue Star Museums," kicks off Memorial Day on Monday and runs through Labor Day, Sept. 6.
Participating sites include the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Others taking part include the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford.
The campaign is a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star families, a nonprofit group that helps military families.
"OPERATION APPRECIATION" (free admission to these museums for active duty service members and their families)
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield
Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum, Cheshire
Bruce Museum, Greenwich
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk
Fairfield Musem and History Center, Fairfield
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford
Imagine Nation Museum, Bristol
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London
Mattatuck Museum Arts and History Center, Waterbury
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
New Canaan Historical Society, New Canaan
Norwalk Museum, South Norwalk
Old Tolland County Jail Museum, Tolland
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich
Stamford Historical Society, Stamford
Stanley-Whitman House, Farmington
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk
The Golden Age of Trucking Museum, Middlebury
Torrington Historical Society, Torrington
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford
Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
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