Active-duty military personnel and their families will enjoy free admission at Penobscot Marine Museum, due to the new Blue Star Museums program at the Searsport landmark. More than 1,300 museums nationwide are participating in Blue Star Museums, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

“Penobscot Marine Museum is proud to give a little something back to the men and women of our nation’s armed forces in recognition of their dedicated service to our country,” said Executive Director Liz Lodge, in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming them and their families with free admission for the entire year.”

Leadership support for Blue Star Museums has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families. The complete list of participating museums is available at: arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Maine’s oldest maritime museum, Penobscot Marine Museum is home to collections of historic boats, photography, marine art and artifacts, ship models and 19th century furnishings and architecture. The museum is located at 40 E. Main St. (U.S. Route 1) in Searsport. Admission is free for Searsport residents. More information is available at: penobscotmarinemuseum.org, or by calling 548-2529.