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May 23, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg Participates in Blue Star Museum Program Offering Free Admission to the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg for Active Duty Military and Families from Memorial Day through Labor Day

For the second year, the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg join the Virginia Association of Museums and 600 museums across America participating in the Blue Star Museums Program. The initiative is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with the Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization that supports America’s military families. The program honors active duty military from all branches of the service by providing free admission to all active duty military personnel and their immediate families. The free admission begins Memorial Day, May 30, and extends through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Blue Star Families is a non-profit organization that supports America’s military families from all branches of the service. The goal of the program is for the arts community across America to recognize the contributions of the members of the armed forces and the sacrifices they and their families have made.

Active duty military or their dependents present their current valid military identification at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center in order to receive free admission to all three Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums: Bassett Hall, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.colonialwilliamsburg.com.

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