VALPARAISO — The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida announces its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nations active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day weekend, May 26  through Labor Day weekend, September 1.

A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

"…for military families relocating to Northwest Florida, our Museum is a great place to get to know the community and learn about the history and culture of the area..." museum manager Gina Marini. said "…we have a lot to offer here."

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 active duty and reservist, National Guardsman (regardless of status), 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 From 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

The Heritage Museum of Northwest Florida is located at 115 Westview Ave., Valparaiso.  Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.heritage-museum.org for upcoming programs and events.