The Lorain Historical Society will offer free admission to service members and their families this summer as the Blue Star Museum.

This program provides free admission to active duty military personnel nationwide and their families beginning on Armed Forces Day, May 21, and
ending Labor Day, Sept. 5, according to a press release.

Service members can find a list of participating museums at

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

The free admission program is available to those currently serving in the U.S. 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 present a Geneva Convention Common Access Card, DD Form 1173 ID Card or DD Form 1173-1 ID Card to enter a participating Blue Star Museum, according to the release.

“The Lorain Historical Society wants to honor our service members who are currently serving our country and their families by opening the museum to them free of charge,” said Barb Piscopo, executive director of the Lorain Historical Society. “Participating in the Blue Star program provides an opportunity to do this during the summer months when many families are looking for activities to engage their children.”

The Lorain Historical Society’s Carnegie Center is open for tours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Regular tour prices are $8 for adults, $3 for students ages 6-18, and children 6 and under are free.


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