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Free admission to South Florida museums for military and family through September


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At ease, soldier!

Beginning on Memorial Day, military families can visit dozens of Central and South Florida museums through the Blue Star Museum program.

The program's Operation Appreciation offers active duty military personnel, reserve and National Guar and their families free admission to more than 1,600 Central and South Florida museums through September 3. If you're traveling this summer, check to see which participating museums you can visit for free.

South Florida venues:
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Historic Stranahan House Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame Museumin Fort Lauderdale
Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale
Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Boca Raton
Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum
Boca Raton Museum of Art
Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in Boynton Beach
South Florida Science Museum
Schoolhouse Children's Museum & Learning Center in Boynton Beach
Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami
Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach
History Miami
Miami Science Museum
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Coral Gables
Coral Gables Museum
Lowe Art Museum at the University of Miami


Central Florida venues:

Orange County Regional History Center
Orlando Museum of Art
VT&M - Museum of Military History in Kissimmee

The program, founded in 2010, is a collaboration between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense.

Free admission is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

Click here for a full list of participants in all 50 states.

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Doreen Christensen has never paid full price for anything. If there is a way to save on something, she will find it and share how you can save, too. Doreen is a senior reporter covering consumer news, health, beauty and features for the online and print editions of the Sun Sentinel. A 32-year veteran of the newspaper, she previously was a senior copy editor on the universal copy desk. Doreen spends her time off hunting bargains, clipping coupons, gardening and traveling.

Justine Griffin covers retail and marine business for the Sun Sentinel. She is a Tampa Bay native who graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010. After spending a year covering crime in St. Augustine, Fla., she moved to Fort Lauderdale and made the switch to business journalism. When she’s not writing, she’s riding horses and spending time with her whippet puppy, Josie.

Marcia Heroux Pounds is the Sun Sentinel's workplace columnist when she's not shopping for shoes. She also writes about small business, which allows her to visit many of South Florida's unique shops and boutiques.

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