The Virgin Islands Children’s Museum is joining museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, and end on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. You can find the list of participating museums at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums
Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and participating museums nationwide.
“The strength, dedication and resiliency that military families demonstrate time and again do not go unnoticed in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We are happy to be a part of this amazing initiative to show our support for these families. These are unfortunately times of war, and that means making time for play is even more important,” said Chantel Hoheb, executive director of the museum. “Personally, I am grateful for the resiliency of our community, museum staff and donors who have helped the VI Children’s Museum stay open during this difficult time when so many museums nationwide have been forced to close.”
“We are grateful to the Virgin Islands Children’s Museum for their leadership in strengthening community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program this summer,” said Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses and more; they hail from all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S.V.I. The current list of participating museums will continue to develop over the summer as organizations are welcome to register to be a Blue Star Museum throughout the summer.