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. Admission is free for active duty military members (ID required) and their families (up to five) from Memorial Day, May 30, through Labor Day, September 5, 2016. Active duty military includes Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and active duty National Guard, and active duty Reserve members.

“The Blue Star Museums program is a fun, free activity for military families to enjoy during the summer months,” said NEA Chair Jane Chu. “The program is also a great way for service members’ families to connect to their new communities, and it can provide a meaningful way for families to reconnect after deployment. The Blue Star Museums program is also a perfect way for the arts community to say ‘thank you’ to our service members and their families for the sacrifices they make on our behalf, every day.”

“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.”

This year, more than 2,000 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. Blue Star Museums represent 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 which are participating, visit The site also includes a map to help you plan your visit.

Sacred: Symbolism of the Religious Concept of Time is on special exhibit at the National Watch and Clock Museum through December 2016. The exhibit looks at how the five major religions view the passage of time as it relates to their own practices and uses objects from the Museum to explain the inherent symbolism of these timepieces.

The National Watch and Clock Museum is operated by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc., a nonprofit 501(c)(3) association with over 14,000 members, representing 52 countries. April through November the Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. December through March hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day the Museum is also open on Mondays. Discounts are available to seniors, students, AAA members, and groups of 10 or more. Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to call ahead. For more program information, directions, or general Museum information, call 717.684.8261 or visit our website at


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