Blue Star Free Admission for Active Military Begins
Superstition Mountain Museum is one of hundreds of Blue Star Museums across America, and as such, has joined the other museums in offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their spouses and children this summer beginning on Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 2, 2019.
This gesture is a “Thank You” to our military personnel and their families for their service and sacrifice, according to Museum Director Liz Nicklus. It also affords military families a way to spend quality time together without worrying about the budget, she added. Admittance is free weekdays and weekends and the museum is open every day this summer from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
ID showing military or a dependent status must be shown at the museum counter. Who is eligible for free museum admission through Blue Star Museums? The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card, a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 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.
The military ID holder plus up to five family members are eligible to get in free. The holder can either be active duty service member or other dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program.
Blue Star Museums is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, MetLife Foundation and museums across the country.
While visiting the Superstition Mountain Museum be sure to see the Blue Star Memorial Marker that is located near the entrance drive into the museum. The memorial marker, dedicated on Nov. 5, 2011, was donated by the Gold Canyon Garden Club and stands about seven feet tall with five cacti planted near the base to represent the five branches of the armed forces.
While the memorial marker program originally was begun to honor World War II veterans, it enlarged its mission in 1951 to include all men and women, who had served, were serving, or would serve in the armed forces of the United States. Numerous such markers stand all over this nation along highways, and in parks, gardens, civic buildings and museums.