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RiverQuarium and Thronateeska to offer free admission to military

Albany attractions join national museum network in honoring military

ALBANY — Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center will offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center recently announced 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 until Labor Day.

The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their communities after a military move. The complete list of participating museums is available at arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums.

Thronateeska Executive Director Tommy Gregors, speaking on behalf of both museums, said, “The Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska are excited about participating in the Blue Star Museum Program. We want to show our support for the active service members and their families and to do our part to recognize the positive impact the military has on our community.”

Free admission to the Aquarium and Wetherbee Planetarium at Thronateeska Heritage Center is available to any bearer of the Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-I 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.

“As we kick off our fifth year of Blue Star Museums, more museums that ever are part of this military appreciation program,” said NEA Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa. “Together with Blue Star Families and more than 2,000 museums, we are proud to help connect military families with the cultural resources in their communities.”