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CHARLESTON, WV -
In honor of the service of our many men and women in uniform, the Clay Center will again offer free gallery admission to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families through the Blue Star Museums program this summer.

Running from Memorial Day through Labor Day, the program is a partnership between Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Center joins more than 1,800 museums that will offer free admission to military families in 2013. 

As an added bonus, the Center will also offer discounted prices of $2 to planetarium shows and $3 to giant screen films. As always, the Center will also add three free months onto any annual membership for military families.

While at the Center, families can experiment with hands-on activities to learn how manipulating color can alter the look of an object in the new exhibit "Wavelengths: The Art & Science of Color and Light." Art and science will be integrated even more with "All the Time in the World," an art exhibit that uses science and technology to illustrate creative ways of expressing and marking time. 

Then, visit the largest planet in our solar system in the planetarium show "Jupiter: Planetary Giant," and plunge 12,000 feet underwater in the giant screen film "Volcanoes of the Deep Sea."

The Blue Star Museum program is the product of Blue Star Families, a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization that raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. Joining Blue Star Families in the project is the National Endowment for the Arts, a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, bringing the arts to all Americans and providing leadership in arts education.

The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members.

For information, visit theclaycenter.org or call 304-561-3570. Museum hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  The Clay Center is closed on Memorial Day. The complete listing of participating Blue Star Museums in available at www.arts.gov.