The National Corvette Museum recently joined Blue Star Museums, a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 1,300 museums across America. The Blue Star program offers free admission to active duty military personnel and their immediate family from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011.

The museum has long recognized the contribution of military personnel through other programs, in addition to the Blue Star initiative.

The Museum offers free admission during the month of November to any American veteran, active or not, and their immediate family as part of Military Appreciation Month. Active military receive free admission to the Museum year-round, while the Blue Star summer program extends the benefit to their immediate family.

“We think it is only fitting that America’s sports car – the Chevrolet Corvette – shows its appreciation to American warriors,” Museum Executive Director Wendell Strode said, during a May event when nearly 80 wounded warriors from Fort Knox and Fort Campbell attended to the Museum for complimentary tours, a luncheon and souvenirs.

Other Blue Star participants in Kentucky also include International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky, the Historical Society in Frankfort, National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Museum of Science and History in Owensboro and Speed Art Museum in Louisville.