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Janine is a 20-year veteran journalist who puts her sleuthing skills to use unearthing deals and discounts for families in the Tampa Bay area. Raising her own two daughters has taught her that some of the best things in life are “free” but not necessarily “cheap.”
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Blue Star Museums program treats military to free admission
Posted Jul 8, 2013 by Janine Dorsey
Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM
The Blue Star Museum program is an annual appreciation event honoring military families by offering free admission to various museums across the country.
In the Tampa Bay area, there are several options that active duty military and their immediate family members can enjoy.
The offer is good through Labor Day and valid military ID is required. Other restrictions may apply according to the individual attraction’s rules. Contact the museum you are interested in visiting before attending.
MOSI - The Museum of Science and Industry is a favorite with children and is offering free admission to its permanent exhibits. Offer not valid for Sea Monsters Revealed, IMAX films, or the Ropes Course and Zip Line.
Henry B. Plant Museum - This National Historic Landmark shines with Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings and tropical gardens. This celebrated hotel attracted a host of famous guests including Teddy Roosevelt, Sarah Bernhardt and Babe Ruth.
Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society - Explore the history of Tarpon Springs from the Greek culture to the sponge fisherman.
Children’s Museum of the Highlands - Exhibits include waterworks, mini grovery store, “One World Diner,” and more.
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Fine Art - Collection includes fine art, historic mansion, two circus museums and theater.
Explorations V - Another option for families with children, this Lakeland museum offers interactive science, music appreciation, art, local history and world travel.
Polk Museum of Art - Features modern and contemporary art, Asian art, European and American decorative arts and rre-Columbian art as well as traveling exhibits.
For more about the Blue Star Museums program, visit http://www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/