The Johnson County Museum is pleased to announce 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 nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.“The Blue Star Museums program is a great way for the Johnson County Museum to support our active duty military families,” said Museum Director Mindi Love. “We’re pleased to welcome families to explore our local history and heritage in our new facility, the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which celebrates its first anniversary this June,”The museum is located inside the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is closed on Sunday and major holidays.Visitors may tour the museum’s signature exhibition “Becoming Johnson County,” our children’s experience KidScape, and the changing exhibit gallery which features “Let’s Celebrate: Johnson County Museum Turns 50!” on display through Aug. 4 Regular admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children.“Visiting a museum is a great way to get to know a community-whether it’s in your hometown or a stop on a road trip,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “We appreciate the enthusiasm of museums all across the country who open their doors for military and their families to spend time together and have new arts experiences.”This year’s participating Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, zoos, nature centers, and children’s museums.“As many military families spend the summer months moving from one duty station to another, or reconnecting with a parent who has returned from deployment, Blue Star Museums helps service members and their families create memories,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “Blue Star Families has great appreciation for the generosity of the museums across the country who roll out the red carpet for the families who serve alongside their service members. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”About Blue Star MuseumsBlue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America.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 Reservists, 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 Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #bluestarmuseums.About the Johnson County MuseumCelebrating its 50th anniversary, the JCM offers exhibitions and programs for visitors of all ages to explore the community’s heritage and history. The museum collects and preserves objects, photographs and archival materials that document the area. Visit online to learn more.About the National Endowment for the ArtsEstablished by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about NEA.About Blue Star FamiliesBlue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.