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4 museums in Grand Rapids free for active-duty military members, family this summer

The GRPM, Ford Museum, GRAM and UICA will be free from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend for all active-duty military members.
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A family checks out an exhibit at the Grand Rapids Public Museum.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Four museums in Grand Rapids are participating in a national program that will make them free for active-duty military personnel and their families all summer long. 

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts will be joining the Blue Star Museums. The program, which will make the museums free to active-duty military members and their families, will start on Saturday, May 25 until September 1.

Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums nationwide. 

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

Military can find the full list of participating museums nationwide at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

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