Oak Ridge, TN May 21, 2013 – Today the American Museum of Science and Energy announced the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their immediate families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums
As a Blue Star Museum, AMSE recognizes and thanks our military families for their service and sacrifice. Additionally, AMSE joins other Blue Star Museums as we encourage families and young people to become life-long museum goers. There are 30 Tennessee museums participating in the Blue Star Museums program this year, explained Jim Comish, AMSE director.
AMSE, where science and history Come Alive!, is excited to become a partner in the Blue Star Museums and offer free admission to our active-duty military and their immediate families this summer. A family-oriented museum, AMSE chronicles the World War II Manhattan Project that created the 1940’s secret city of Oak Ridge and the science that emerged through interactive exhibits, artifacts, audiovisuals and live demonstrations. AMSE is open Monday – Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday from 1 – 5 pm. For more information on AMSE memberships, exhibits, programs and events, visit www.amse.org Join us on June 21-22 in Oak Ridge for the Secret City Festival and to learn more go to www.secretcityfestival.com
This year, more than 1,800 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the Blue Star Museums initiative, including more than 450 new museums this year. The effort to recruit museums has involved partnerships with the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Directors, the Association of Children’s Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and the Association of Science -Technology Centers.
Contact: Lissa Clarke
Public Information Officer
American Museum of Science and Energy
Tel. (865) 576-3218
May 21, 2013