Beat the heat! View the Museum’s cool-lection!

Beat the heat! View the Museum’s cool-lection!

Beat the heat! View the Museum’s cool-lection! DCWM

Come celebrate the opening of our summer exhibitions, “Route 66: Recent Creations, Retro Collections” and “Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer”. From 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 4, sweet treats will be available for purchase on the lower level from Chaparral Homemade Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe. There will be a dozen historic vehicles parked in front of the museum. Road tunes will be playing!

Kids are always free at the Museum, and there are several opportunities in the coming months for free adult admission, too. First up is International Museum Day on Wednesday, May 18. Celebrated around the world every year since 1977, this day is an occasion to raise awareness of how important museums are in the development of society. From America to Oceania including Africa, Europe and Asia, this international event has confirmed its popularity with almost 30,000 museums in more than 120 countries participating. Check in at the front desk to participate in a treasure hunt based on this year’s theme, Cultural Landscape. Cultural landscapes provide a sense of place and identity; they map our relationship with the land over time; and they are part of our national heritage.

Then from Memorial Day through Labor Day, DCWM is again a participant in the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The program provides military families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage or learn more about their new communities after completing a military move.

Museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the initiative. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps — and up to five family members.

Saturday, July 23, the National Day of the Cowboy, is one of the Museum’s quarterly Family Days so there will be activities for visitors of all ages from 10 a.m. till noon. Come cool off with free ice cream for kids wearing a cowboy hat.

Watch the Museum’s web site, westernmuseum.org, for updates on these summer events. And remember that the Museum is closed on Mondays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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