COLUMBIA, PA: The National Watch and Clock Museum launches Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. Free admission for active-duty military members (ID required) and their families (up to five) runs through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Active-duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active-duty National Guard, and active-duty Reserve members.

Parents of young children tell us that they go together to museums to learn new things and have family time together,” said NEA Chair Jane Chu. “Blue Star Museums helps them do both, by helping military families learn about the cultural resources in their communities, and offering a fun, high-quality experience that’s budget friendly as well as family friendly. We’re proud to help connect museums to military communities nationwide.”

“Blue Star Museums has grown into a nationally recognized program that service members and their families look forward to each year,” said Blue Star Families Chief Executive Officer Kathy Roth-Douquet. “It helps bring our local military and civilian communities together and offers families fun and enriching activities in their hometowns. We are thrilled with the continued growth of the program and the unparalleled opportunities it offers.”

More than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in this year’s initiative. Blue Star Museums represents not just fine arts museums but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly. To find the museums that are participating, visit The site also includes a map to help with visit planning.

On the Clock: Changing the Industrialized World is on special exhibit at the National Watch and Clock Museum through December. Running late for work? You can blame it on the dog, blame it on your kids, blame it on the traffic… But the time clock knows YOU ARE LATE! Museum Curator Kim Jovinelli shares, “I am excited to give the public a glimpse into something many of us have to do on a daily basis and what exactly had to happen to get us to this point. Having a job is an integral part of survival in the modern era. This exhibit is a look back at history, an examination of the present, and a look forward to the not too distant future.”

A new ongoing exhibit, James Bond Wore the Quartz Revolution, will challenge what visitors think they know. Displays will feature important wristwatches from the commercial industry as it unfolded—all worn by the James Bond character in the EON Productions movies of the period.

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