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1,300 museums offer military families free tickets

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WASHINGTON (AP/CBS 8) — More than 1,300 museums across the country are offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families all summer in a program with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The expanded Blue Star Museums program is being announced Monday with military families in San Diego where 17 museums are participating. The offer runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

The program began last year with more than 600 museums and has added more than 500 new destinations for 2011.

The list includes a wide range of museums, including the Chinese American Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Art Institute of Chicago, New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Va.

The following are participating museums throughout San Diego County:

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles

Veteran's Museum and Memorial Center

Timken Museum of Art

San Diego Chinese Historical Museum

San Diego Hall of Champions

San Diego History Center

The San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Museum of Man

San Diego Archaeological Center

San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

Museum of Photographic Arts

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (Downtown)

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)

Mingei International Museum

Mingei International Museum

Japanese Friendship Garden

Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum

Barona Cultural Center & Museum

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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