Blue Star Free Museums Admission for Active Military Summer 2014

July 13, 2014 by  
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Participating Albuquerque museums and others across New Mexico offer free admission to military personnel and family members, through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

The terrific Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 2,000+ museums and monuments nationwide, to give free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. Be sure to take advantage of this discount before it ends on September 1, 2014.

The free admission is for the military ID holder plus up to 5 immediate family members, defined as a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, and grandparents etc. Families of deployed military can still benefit from the offer with the required documentation. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in the program. And – sorry! – the offer isn’t for veterans.

The Blue Star Museums FAQ gives full details on who is eligible and the required ID – please read those before setting off!

Here’s the list of participating New Mexico Museums and state monuments- but keep checking the Blue Star Museums page, more might join later (we can only hope!):

Albuquerque museums:

Santa Fe museums:

Other New Mexico museums:

–Tania

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Blue Star Free Museums Admission for Active Military: May 27-Sept 2

May 20, 2013 by  
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Participating Albuquerque museums and others across New Mexico offer free admission to military personnel and family members, starting on Memorial Day until September 2, 2013.

The terrific Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 2,000+ museums and monuments nationwide, to give free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. It kicks off, appropriately enough, on Memorial Day May 27, and runs till Labor Day September 2, 2013.

The free admission is for the military ID holder plus up to 5 immediate family members, defined as a spouse or child, aunts, uncles, and grandparents etc. Families of deployed military can still benefit from the offer with the required documentation. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in the program. And – sorry! – the offer isn’t for veterans.

The Blue Star Museums FAQ gives full details on who is eligible and the required ID – please read those before setting off!

Here’s the list of participating New Mexico Museums and state monuments- but keep checking the Blue Star Museums page, more might join later (we can only hope!):

Albuquerque museums:

Santa Fe museums:

Other New Mexico museums:

As a sidenote: The Albuquerque Wine Festival gives a $3 discount for active duty and retired military with valid photo ID on Monday May 27, 2013. Regular admission is $20. The discount is ONLY for the service member and only for Monday.

–Tania
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The Lion King Drumming Workshop at Balloon Museum: October 24

October 23, 2012 by  
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I’ve mentioned the free Stories in the Sky program at the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum before, but this week it’s an extra-special event that’s bound to drum up interest…  

Reuven Weizberg is the solo percussionist for Disney’s The Lion King and he’s the guest presenter at Stories in the Sky on Wednesday October 24, leading a drumming workshop for kids in two morning sessions from 9:30 to 10:15 am and from 11 to 11:45 am.

During the Balloon Museum’s free Stories in the Sky presentation, kids can drum with Weizberg, make an instrument, dance to music, and (as usual with this weekly program) hear a story. Weizberg has been a solo percussionist on the hit musical Disney’s The Lion King North American tour since 2008, so presumably he knows his way around a drum.

If you miss this special guest event, the Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday morning for kids aged 6 months to 6 years. There are two session times, from 9:30 to 10:15 am for the first session, and from 11 to 11:45 am for the second.

Admission to the Balloon Museum during Stories in the Sky is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up each week, led by Curator of Education and storyteller Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Free Museum Admission for Active Military to Sept 3

August 16, 2012 by  
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Participating Albuquerque museums and others across New Mexico offer free admission to military personnel and family members until September 3, 2012.

The Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 1,500+ museums nationwide, to give free admission to active duty military personnel and their families over the summer. I mentioned this program when it launched in May, but if you’ve not taken advantage of the freebie yet, you’ve still got until Labor Day September 3, 2012.

The free admission is for the military ID holder plus up to 5 immediate family members, defined as a spouse or child. Families of deployed military can still benefit from the offer with the required documentation. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in the program. And – sorry! – the offer isn’t for veterans.

The Blue Star Museums FAQ gives full details on who is eligible and the required ID – please read those before setting off!

Here’s the list of participating Blue Star Museums in New Mexico.  At time of writing they are:

Albuquerque museums:

Santa Fe museums:

Other New Mexico museums:

 

–Tania
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Free Fridays at Santa Fe Museums

June 26, 2012 by  
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Santa Fe Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Planning a trip to Santa Fe? You might want to time it for a Friday and save up to $9 per person on museum admission fees. Plus, I love Friday evenings in the City Different, as they have all the great art gallery openings and artist events along Canyon Road, and the whole street has a festive atmosphere. And on Museum Hill, the views are always lovely and it’s a tiny bit cooler up there!

Through Labor Day, 2012, two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two museums near the Downtown Santa Fe Plaza stay open late and offer free admission to everyone on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm .

The museums offering free admission on Friday evenings through Labor Day weekend are:

The regular admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents. Kids aged 16 and under always go free, and students with ID get $1 discount.

New Mexico residents also get free admission throughout the year at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take your ID to prove you are who you say you are.

Note that it’s always free admission to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, also on Museum Hill, but they do NOT open late on Fridays, and close daily at 5 pm.

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail. It’s well-signed from the center of town for drivers. If you’re visiting by the New Mexico Rail Runner or otherwise don’t have a car, the Santa Fe Trails M Line bus from Downtown costs $1 each way to Museum Hill, or $2 for day pass. Seniors (60+) pay half fare and the ride is free for ages 17 and under.

–Tania

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Free Museum Admission for Active Military: May 28-Sept 3

May 20, 2012 by  
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Participating Albuquerque museums and others across New Mexico offer free admission to military personnel and family members, starting on Memorial Day until September 3, 2012.

The terrific Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and 1,500+ museums nationwide, to give free admission to active duty military personnel and their families. It kicks off, appropriately enough, on Memorial Day May 28, and runs till Labor Day September 3, 2012.

The free admission is for the military ID holder plus up to 5 immediate family members, defined as a spouse or child. Families of deployed military can still benefit from the offer with the required documentation. Some special museum exhibits may not be included in the program. And – sorry! – the offer isn’t for veterans.

The Blue Star Museums FAQ gives full details on who is eligible and the required ID – please read those before setting off!

Here’s the list of participating New Mexico Museums – but keep checking the Blue Star Museums page, more might join later (we can only hope!):

Albuquerque museums:

Santa Fe museums:

Other New Mexico museums:

As a sidenote: The Albuquerque Wine Festival gives a $3 discount for active duty and retired military with valid photo ID on Monday May 28, 2012. Regular admission is $15. The discount is ONLY for the service member and only for Monday.  

–Tania
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Balloon Museum Free Stories in the Night Sky

May 7, 2012 by  
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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs its free Stories in the Night Sky program this Thursday.

The next Balloon Museum Stories in the Night Sky session is on Thursday May 10 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm with stories and music. Kids, don’t tell anyone because this part is secret, so I’ll whisper it very quietly: you can also make something for your mom, grandma, or anyone else you’d like to send love to on Mother’s Day, May 13. 

It’s a free event for all ages, and families are welcome to take a picnic to enjoy on the lawn before or after the stories – they’ll keep the grassy area open till 7:15.  Kids can also wear their PJ’s – super-cute for a pajama party!

If you miss that, the free Balloon Museum Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday morning for kids aged 6 months to 6 years. There are two session times, from 9:30 to 10:15 am for the first session, and from 11 to 11:45 am for the second.

Admission to the museum during Stories in the Sky is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up each week, led by Curator of Education and storyteller, Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Balloon Museum Free Stories in the Sky & Stories in the Night Sky

April 11, 2012 by  
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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs a weekly free Stories in the Sky program, and they’ve recently extended it, which is great to hear, as it’s a terrific freebie for parents and kids to enjoy the museum.

The Balloon Museum Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday morning for kids aged 6 months to 6 years. After we mentioned this program in January, the museum said they had such a surge in attendance, they’re expanding the program by adding a new session. So the times are now from 9:30 to 10:15 am for the first session, and from 11 to 11:45 am for the second.

Admission to the museum is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up, led by Curator of Education and storyteller, Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

On five dates this summer 2012, they’ll also hold an evening program of Stories in the Night Sky, with evening stories, entertainment, and a free concert by Albuquerque Concert Band.

The regular morning Stories in the Sky is free every Wednesday, except during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when the museum charges admission. In any case, it’s best to check what’s going on entertainment-wise during Balloon Fiesta, as we all know the fiesta brings its own special fun.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Balloon Museum Free Stories in the Sky

January 31, 2012 by  
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The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum runs a weekly free Stories in the Sky program, and although it’s been going on for years, I’m surprised to realize we’ve only mentioned it at ABQ on the Cheap a couple of times. So let’s put that right, as it’s a great freebie for parents and kids to enjoy the museum.

The Balloon Museum Stories in the Sky program takes place every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:15 am, for kids aged 6 months to 6 years.

Admission to the museum is free for both children and accompanying adults, and the fun for kids includes stories, songs, art, movement, and whatever else they might creatively think up, led by Curator of Education and storyteller, Laurie Magovern. You can hang out afterward to enjoy the whole museum — on the house!  That’s great for homeschoolers.

Stories in the Sky is free every Wednesday, except during Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta when the museum charges admission. In any case, it’s best to check what’s going on entertainment-wise during Balloon Fiesta, as we all know the fiesta brings its own special fun.

Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum NE.

–Tania

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Free Fridays at Santa Fe Museums

August 9, 2011 by  
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If you’re planning a trip up to Santa Fe, you might want to time it for a Friday and save up to $9 per person on museum admission fees. Plus, I love Friday evenings in the City Different, as they have all the great art gallery openings and artist events along Canyon Road, and the whole street has a festive atmosphere.

Through Labor Day, 2011, two museums on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill and two museums near the Downtown Santa Fe Plaza stay open late and offer free admission to everyone on Friday evenings from 5 – 8 pm .

The museums are:

The regular admission at these museums is $9 per adult, or $6 for New Mexico Residents. Kids aged 16 and under always go free, and students with ID get $1 discount.

New Mexico residents also get free admission throughout the year at these museums on Sundays, and New Mexico seniors aged 60+ can go free on Wednesdays. Take your ID to prove you are who you say you are.

Santa Fe’s Museum Hill is located on Camino Lejo, off the Old Santa Fe Trail. It’s well-signed from the center of town for drivers. If you’re visiting by the New Mexico Rail Runner or otherwise don’t have a car, the Santa Fe Trails M Line bus from Downtown costs $1 each way to Museum Hill, or $2 for day pass. Seniors (60+) pay half fare and the ride is free for ages 18 and under.

–Tania

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