Bullock Museum to offer free admission for military families all summer

The Museum will take part in the tenth year of the Blue Star Museums program

MAY 9, 2019 (AUSTIN, TX) — The Bullock Texas State History Museum is proud to join museums nationwide in participating in the tenth year of Blue Star Museums, a program that provides free admission to the nation's active duty military personnel and their families during the summer. This year's program will begin on Armed Forces Day, May 18, and conclude on Labor Day, September 2.

“One of the things we love most about our summer months is being able to give back to the men and women of our military and their families by providing a wonderful place for them to explore Texas history," said Bullock Museum Director Margaret Koch. "It is an honor to treat them to an intergenerational experience that helps shape long-lasting memories and inspires learning.”

Military families are invited to explore three floors of Texas history galleries and multiple special exhibitions. The Museum is currently hosting the traveling exhibition WWI America through August 11, marking its last stop nationwide. Visitors will also enjoy the aerial photography exhibition Texas From Above: The Photographs of Jay B Sauceda through June 16 and Cowboys in Space & Fantastic Worlds, a family-friendly history of science fiction westerns, opening on July 13. Many opportunities throughout the Museum invite visitors of all ages to take part in hands-on activities each week, such as the drop-in programs Make It Tuesdays and Sense-sational Thursdays, included with exhibition admission.

The Blue Star Museums program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. Free admission is available for those currently serving in the United States Military, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Heath Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. 

To receive free admission, qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID.

For more information about the Bullock Museum, visit www.TheStoryofTexas.com. For details about free admission eligibility, visit the Blue Star Museums website.

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WWI America was produced by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the National Constitution Center, the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial, the Oakland Museum of California, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

WWI America has been made possible in part by major grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Sponsored by The Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

Additional support provided by Union Pacific.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin includes three floors of exhibitions, an IMAX® theater, a special-effects theater, café, and Museum Store. The Museum collaborates with more than 700 museums, libraries, archives and individuals to display original historical artifacts and produce exhibitions that illuminate and celebrate Texas history and culture. Named for the state's 38th Lieutenant Governor, Bob Bullock, the iconic building is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue. For more, visit TheStoryofTexas.com or call (512) 936-8746.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.