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Blue Star Museums Honor Military with Free Admissions


The Winterthur decorative arts museum is collaborating for the third time to give thanks to active military families.

By collaborating with Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and Department of Defense have included the renowned Winterthur decorative arts museum as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Other local participants are the Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware History Museum & Read House, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum & Library, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Rockwood Museum and Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. The 3-year-old program offers active military personnel and their immediate families free daily admissions to any one of 1,800 participating museums nationwide during the course of the summer. As a bonus, Winterthur itself keeps its holiday tradition of offering free admission to all patrons on the 4th of July.

The popular Delaware-based arts museum is known worldwide for its prestigious collection of decorative artifacts, as well as its naturally ornamental gardens and impressive research library. Its special exhibit organized exclusively for the summer program is titled Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience, which showcases how map-making helped shape America’s identity. The exhibit includes artifacts ranging from traditional paper maps to map-like paintings on ceramics, as well as playing cards, globes, puzzles and more.

“Blue Star Museums is something that service members and their families look forward to every year and we are thrilled with the continued growth of the program,” said Blue Star Families CEO Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Through this distinctive collaboration, service members and their families can connect with our national treasures with this unparalleled opportunity to visit some of the country’s finest museums for free.”

Hours of operation for Winterthur are 10am to 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday.