Museums Free To Military Families For Summer

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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.

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"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

Danbury Museum and Historical Society, Danbury

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

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven

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