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Blue Star Museums Is Back!

The famous facade of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This morning, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman kicked off the third summer of Blue Star Museums (BSM) at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art! Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the program offers free admission to over 1,600 museums for active duty military personnel and their families. An initiative of the NEA, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums, BSM allows our military heroes to explore cultural treasures across the country.

In case you couldn’t be in New York to celebrate the launch today, we thought we’d show you a few of the incredible artworks that folks are taking in during their tour of the museum. Don't forget to follow the conversation on Twitter at #bluestarmuse.

The Arms and Armor Gallery in The Met. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Arms and Armor Galleries are always a favorite with children at the Met. Part protection and part pageantry, the armor on display hails from Europe, the Near East, and even the United States (make sure to check out the gold-inlaid Third Model Dragoon Colt revolver). The collection features over 800 objects on permanent display, including an elaborate collection of English armor made in the Royal Workshops, founded by Henry VIII in Greenwich.

The Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Temple of Dendur is part of the museum's immense collection of Egyptian art, comprised of over 26,000 objects. The temple itself looms mysteriously in the Sackler Wing, a massive remnant of a long ago civilization. The temple was constructed around 15 B.C. by the Roman emperor Augustus, and was dedicated to the goddess Isis and a local ruler's two sons. Eventually rising waters from Lake Nasser forced the construction of the Aswan High Dam, and the temple was dismantled, and was later given to the United States as a gift from the Egyptian government.

The New American Wing Galleries. Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

With 17,000 furnishings, decorative art objects, paintings, sculptures, and architectural elements, the American Wing tells the story of our country through its impressive and diverse artistic heritage. Above, one of the collection's most iconic paintings stands at the end of the gallery: Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutz.

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