Free Admission to the Lynn Museum for Military and their Families all Summer

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The Lynn Museum & Historical Society is pleased to join forces with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Blue Star Families, a non-profit organization representing military families, to honor and thank members of our military and their families for their service to our country by providing them with free admission to the museum  this summer.  This program will allow the military community an opportunity to take advantage of the rich cultural history they defend and protect every day.

As part of the Blue Star Museums program, the Lynn Museum joins more than 1800 museums across America in providing free admission to active members of the military and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day (September 3, 2012).  Active duty military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserve, along with up to five immediate family members, are eligible for free admission upon presentation of a valid military ID. Families of deployed military are also welcome to visit with valid DD Form 1173 or 1173-1 ID Card.

Last summer, the Blue Star Museums program welcomed more than 300,000 military family members to over 1300 partner museums across the country. This year, more than 1,800 museums—including fine arts museums, science museums, history museums, nature centers, and children’s museums—will participate in the program.

In addition to the Lynn Museum, the forty-plus Massachusetts museums participating in the program this summer include the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem;  Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown;  Norman  Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge;  USS Constitution Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. A complete list of Blue Star Museums is available online at: www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.  The Lynn Museum is proud to take part in this important program by providing access to art, culture, history and beauty to many of our bravest citizens and their families, particularly in these difficult economic times.

 

ABOUT THE LYNN MUSEUM & HISTORICAL SOCIETYLynnMuseum.org

590 Washington Street, Lynn, MA  01901 •  Open Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat 12-4pm and Thursdays

12-7pm. Closed Sundays and Mondays, and, July 4 and September 3, 2012 • 781-581-6200 • FREE to members, children under 12 years and all Lynn school children; $5 admission. Additionally, the museum hosts occasional free family days throughout the year, featuring live storytelling, art-making, and family activities  For more than a century, the Lynn Museum & Historical Society has collected, maintained, and fostered an appreciation of Lynn through its textiles, paintings, photographs, and historical artifacts.  Current exhibitions include:  “#115:  Paint by Number, “ Entering the 115th anniversary year of the founding of the Museum, this exhibition focuses on our collection and the color and style elements crossing a century of artistry.  Through interpretations of paintings from our collection in paint by number format, this exhibition breaks down and re-assembles the images in a modern, pop-art medium; “ More Than a Number: Stories from Lynn,”  tells the story of the survivors of the mass genocide of the “killing fields” of Cambodia expressed through the powerful and inspirational images and oral histories of its people. As hundreds of thousands of Cambodians escaped the country, they lived in holding centers and refugee camps until they were accepted into a third country.  Upon leaving the refugee camps, they were identified through “transit” or “T” number photos. These transit photos symbolize the refugees’ first glimpse of hope for their future.  This exhibition will focus on the refugees that came to call Lynn their home. On exhibit through September 30, 2012;  “A Step Back in Time,” highlighting Lynn’s glorious industrial past as the world’s largest producer of shoes;  “Celebrating Lynn Legacies,” featuring profiles of individuals, families, and businesses that have made a significant contribution to Lynn’s history; “Where There is Smoke There is Fire,” depicting the Great Fires of Lynn, with authentic artifacts and tools used by Lynn’s firefighters;  “I ♥ Lynn: Lynn and its History,”   Want to see a Harry Agganis baseball card? How about an original Lydia Pinkham herbal tonic bottle? Did you know that Boyd’s Potato Chips once came in a can? Explore these items and more in our Lynn History exhibition , including never-before-seen images of famous Lynners, and notable Lynn places and events that shaped the city and its history.


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