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Dunn Museum Offers Free Admission to Military Families

May 26, 2022 11:47 AM
Dryptosaurus in Dunn Museum

The Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County in Libertyville is joining museums across the country in offering free admission to military personnel and their families.

The free admission program runs through September 5, Labor Day. The Blue Star Museums program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, working with the Department of Defense and museums across the U.S.

"We have been involved in this important program in the past and have received such positive feedback," said Director of Education Nan Buckardt. "This is one small way we can show our appreciation to those who serve our country."

The program is open to those currently serving in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy, Space Force, members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps – plus up to five family members. Those eligible must show their Common Access Card, dependent ID card or the Next Generation Uniformed Services ID card for free entrance into participating museums.

"Museums offer military families an opportunity to feel part to their community and explore history as a vibrant force that connects us all through time," Buckardt said. 

The Lake County Forest Preserves operates the Dunn Museum that is named in honor of Lake County's first official historian, Bess Bower Dunn (1877–1959). The nationally accredited Dunn Museum—a distinction held by only 3% of American museums—cares for a treasure trove of history about our region. Other area accredited museums include the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science & Industry. Lake County’s natural and cultural history is brought to life through a balance of interactive exhibitions, authentic artifacts, reproductions and audiovisual displays.

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Media Contact: Nan Buckardt, Director of Education,, 847-968-3330

Photo Requests: Kim Mikus, Media & Community Relations Specialist,, 224-244-0583