Active-duty military personnel and their families will enjoy free admission at Penobscot Marine Museum, thanks to the new Blue Star Museums program at the Midcoast 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. “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. Other Maine museums participating include Portland Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville and Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in Portland. For the complete list of participating museums, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.