Photo Gallery | HCF, Blue Star Museums Offer Free Tours to Active Duty Military Personnel
Historic Columbia Foundation will offer active duty military personnel free tours of its historic house museums from Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013, as part of the Blue Star Museums program.
Historic Columbia Foundation is one of more than 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel this summer as part of the Blue Star Museums program, a collaboration between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
“Historic Columbia Foundation is proud to be a part of Blue Star Museums,” said Robin Waites, executive director of HCF. “Through this collaboration, service members and their families can experience Columbia’s history, and we are thrilled to give back to those who give so much for our country.”
Historic Columbia Foundation offers daily tours of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site. Tours start on the hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday (last tour starts at 3 p.m.) and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday (last tour starts at 4 p.m.). HCF’s museums are closed on Mondays. Tour tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills at 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201. For more information about the Foundation and these historic house museums, please visit historiccolumbia.org.
The free admission program is available to active duty U.S. military – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps.
More than 1,800 (and counting) museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are participating in Blue Star Museums, including history and science museums, children's museums, fine art museums, and nature centers. For more information, visit www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.