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Free Admission to Detroit Institute of Arts for active military Personnel from Memorial Day to Labor Day - Blue Star Museums program back for a second year

Monday, May 23, 2011

(Detroit)—For the second year, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will offer free general museum admission to active military personnel and their families (military ID holder and five immediate family members) from Memorial Day to Labor Day as part of the Blue Star Museums program.

Blue Star Museums is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, and more than 1,300 museums across the United States. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. Blue Star Families is a national, non-partisan, non-profit network of military families from all ranks and services including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families.

“Blue Star Museums may be the program at the NEA of which I am proudest,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Blue Star Museums recognizes and thanks our military families for all they are doing for our country, and simultaneously begins young people on a path to becoming life-long museum goers.”

This is the second year of the initiative and 500 museums are new to the program this year. The scope has expanded to include science museums, history museums, nature centers, and 70 children’s museums.

“Last year the success of the inaugural year of the Blue Star Museums program showed that partnerships between the nation’s museum and military communities are a natural,” said Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet. “We are thrilled that 300,000 military family members visited our partner museums in the summer of 2010. We hope to exceed that number this year as the military community takes advantage of the rich cultural heritage they defend and protect every day.”

The DIA offers an array of great art and activities during the summer. The popular exhibition It’s a Zoo in Here! Prints and Drawings of Animals is on view, and on June 29 a new installation of puppets will be on display. From July 6 to August 31, Wednesdays–Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., visitors can stop by a table called the “Family Fitting Room,” where staff can help customize a visit based on particular interests. The museum is open until 10 p.m. every Friday, with live music, drawing in the galleries and drop-in art-making workshops. Sundays are geared towards families, with activities such as puppet performances, drop-on workshops,
storytelling and artist demonstrations. For details on performances and events, visit

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899