State parks offering free admission

Cannon Connections staff

New Mexico’s 14 state-run museums and historic monuments will offer free admission to active duty military personnel and their families during the summer, according to a news release.

This is the second year of the Blue Star Museums Program.

The National Endowment for the Arts created the Blue Star Museums program in 2010 to honor active duty military members and their families, the release said, joining 1,000 museums across American who have signed on for the program.

Free admission is from Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Those state-operated museums and monuments in New Mexico that will be participating in the Blue Star Museums program include the Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, all in Santa Fe; the Museum of Natural History & Science and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, both in Albuquerque; the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo; New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces; and six historic monuments statewide – Jemez, Coronado, Lincoln, the Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner, El Camino Real International Heritage Center and Fort Selden.