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Originally published Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:44 AM

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2,000 museums give free admission to military

Active-duty military and their families get free admission from Memorial Day to Labor Day at museums across the U.S., including many in Washington state.

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Two thousand museums across the country will offer free admission to the active duty military personnel and their families, the National Endowment for the Arts announced Tuesday. The NEA, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit for military families, is supporting the annual initiative, which provides free admission to participating museums from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Some popular museums nationwide are participating, including the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. In Seattle, the Seattle Art Museum

While many of the participating museums are fine arts museums, science museums and 75 children’s museums are also participating.

For a full list of participating museums and rules regarding proper identification, visit

Here are the museums offering free admission in Washington state:

Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Kids Discovery Museum


KidsQuest Children’s Museum


Kitsap County Historical Society Museum

Puget Sound Navy Museum


Cheney Historical Museum


Maryhill Museum of Art

Granite Falls

Granite Falls Historical Museum


Polson Museum


Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum


Naval Undersea Museum

La Conner

Skagit County Historical Museum


Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum


Lynden Pioneer Museum


White Pass Country Museum


Lake Quinault Museum


Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Henry Art Museum

Log House Museum

The Museum of Flight

Nordic Heritage Museum

Seattle Art Museum

Seward Park Audubon Center

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

South Cle Elum

Depot Interpretive Center


Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture


Sumner Ryan House Museum


9th & 10th Horse Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers Museum

Children’s Museum of Tacoma

Job Carr Cabin Museum

Museum of Glass

Tacoma Art Museum

Washington State History Museum


Clark County Historical Museum

Walla Walla

Fort Walla Walla Museum


Wenatchee Valley Museum


Shafer Historical Museum

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