Several area museums will be among 2,000 across the country to offer free admission for active-duty military personnel and their families this summer beginning Memorial Day.
The National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with the Department of Defense and Blue Star Families, a nonprofit for military families, is supporting the annual initiative, which provides free admission to participating museums through Labor Day.
The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is participating, as well as many museums in Indianapolis.
While many of the participating museums are fine arts museums, science museums and 75 childrens museums are also participating. Families of deployed members of the Armed Services are eligible for free admission as well.
For a list of participating museums across the country and rules on proper identification, go to www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Area museums offering free admission:
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 311 E. Main St.; 422-6467; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, 1600 S. Wayne St., Auburn; for hours, 260-925-1444.
Early Ford V-8 Foundation and Museum, 5634 County Road 11A , Auburn; for hours, 260-927-8022.
Whitley County Historical Museum, 9 a.m. to noon Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 108 W. Jefferson St., Columbia City; 260-244-6372.
Sauder Village, Archbold; for hours, 1-800-590-9755 or www.saudervillage.org.
The Washington Post contributed to this article.