Museums offer free admission to military personnel

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Southern University Museum joins National Blue Star Museums Program to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Georgia Southern University Museum has joined the Blue Star Museums program, along with more than 1,300 museums across the country, to offer free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2011. Blue Star Museums runs from May 30 to September 5, 2011.

Below are just a few highlights of the exhibits and activities available at the Georgia Southern Museum.

Civil War Camp Lawton exhibit features artifacts discovered at the site of Camp Lawton, a former Civil War prisoner of war camp situated in Jenkins County, Georgia. The exhibit runs until Dec. 31.

A View from Space, which starts May 28, allows attendees a chance to explore Earth through views from Earth-orbiting satellites. Visitors are challenged to become scientists, to study satellite images, and to try to answer important questions about the workings of the dynamic planet.

The Hall of Natural History features the Mosasaur (Tylosaurus proriger) and Vogtle whale (Georgiacetus vogtlensis). Exhibits on whale evolution, the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and eocene mammals, as well as a kids' interactive area, explore 80 million years of natural history in the Coastal Plain, according to GSU.

The free admission program is available to active-duty military and their immediate family members. Active duty military include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in the free admission program. See a list of participating museums at

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