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Blue Star Voices: Telfair Museums

If you and the family are in Savannah, the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center is a fantastic place to spend the afternoon. A colorful advertisement for the museum’s “ArtZeum” burst from the pages of the Visit Savannah brochure we picked up on our spur-of-the-moment weekend trip. “[The Artzeum] is Savannah’s only interactive indoor art space designed with young people in mind, but challenges young and old alike to rethink their ideas about art,” the advertisement proclaims, “The ArtZeum features 24 activities exploring some big ideas about art.”

The South is famous for its afternoon storms, and Saturday afternoon was no exception. The family and I spent a busy morning exploring Civil War forts and enjoying some awesome Southern food at a restaurant called Sweet Potatoes. What could we do to pass the afternoon? Rain sprinkled from the clouds, so walking Savannah’s beautiful parks was not too appealing. How about try out the Telfair Museums' Jepson Center? The best part of all is that it is a Blue Star Museum. What does this mean? It’s among the 2000+ museums across the United States offering free admissions to all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. How awesome is that?

If you haven’t checked out the Blue Star Museums in your area, you absolutely must do so. This is a phenomenal way for military families to explore their geographical area. Click on your state and all the Blue Star Museums in each city will appear. We have done this for three years now and have had the opportunity to visit many more museums and art centers than we would have otherwise visited. Thank you so much to Blue Star Museums and to the fantastic museums and art centers who offer this incredible opportunity to our troops. Our family is one of many thankful military families

We made a quick walk through the art exhibits, but I was worried about the kids touching things so that didn’t last too long. They wanted to hang out in the kids’ areas anyway. The ArtZeum was totally worth the trip and really added to our afternoon in downtown Savannah. The location was beautiful, the museum was great fun, and we tried out a place we otherwise wouldn’t have visited. I didn’t know it existed before I saw it on the Blue Star Museums' List. Thank you, Telfair Museums Jepson Center and Blue Star Museums for the great opportunity!

The Melvilles are a family of six that loves camping, hitting the beach, hiking, and experiencing the amazing cities of the South. Nature, photography, and education are Jennifer Melville's passions. Add in a smattering of professional writing, military moves, and homeschooling and it’s a pretty full life!

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