CBMM offers free admission for military families this summer

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is offering free, general admission to all active-duty military personnel and their immediate families from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015 as part of the Blue Star Museums 2015 program.

 Photo courtesy Mid-Atlantic Aerial Videography and Photography

Photo courtesy Mid-Atlantic Aerial Videography and Photography

Representing collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, Blue Star Museums is a nationwide program offering free museum admission for all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families each summer.

CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus offers 12 exhibition buildings to explore over a few hours, days, or multiple visits. Highlights of a visit include climbing and exploring the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse, interacting with real shipwrights restoring authentic, wooden Chesapeake boats, taking a weekend river cruise on the 1920 buyboat Winnie Estelle, and engaging in numerous hands-on exhibitions, family-oriented activities, and events.

Two exhibitions highlight a museum visit this summer, including A Broad Reach: 50 Years of Collecting, which opens May 23, 2015 in the Steamboat Building and includes 50 significant artifacts from the museum’s collection. The exhibition is part of a year-long celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, which continues through May, 2016. A second new exhibition is Chesapeake Swan Song: From Commodity to Conservation, which opens in the Waterfowling Building on April 10, 2015, and shares the story of the evolving relationship between the people and swans of the Chesapeake Bay

To receive free admission Memorial Day through Labor Day, active-duty military personnel and their immediate family members need to show a military ID upon entry. Festival admission is not included. CBMM also offers free general admission to all active military individuals throughout the balance of the year. General admission is otherwise good for two days or is free for CBMM members. For more information, call 410-745-2916 or visit www.cbmm.org