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Relic Room to offer free summer admission to military and their families

May 21, 2022 - September 5, 2022

As it has for several years, this summer the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum will participate in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a national program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families.

The 2022 program at the Relic Room runs from Armed Forces Day — Saturday, May 21 — through Labor Day, which will be Sept. 5.

Find the list of participating museums across the country at 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.

Participation means the Relic Room will provide free admission to military personnel and up to five family members every day of operation during the summer.

“This is in keeping with our museum’s tradition of supporting our military and offering free admission whenever practical,” said Allen Roberson, the director of the Relic Room. “Therefore we always appreciate the chance to work with Blue Star to expand that benefit in the summer.”

“We are grateful to the Relic Room for their leadership in strengthening community through their participation in the Blue Star Museums program,” Ann Eilers, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said last year.

Blue Star Museums include children’s museums, art, science, and history museums, zoos, gardens, lighthouses, and more, in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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.

The free-admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and Space Force, as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps.

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 card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter: @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.