Honoring the military

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Now through Labor Day, the Penn Museum is opening its doors for free to all active duty military personnel and their families. The program, Blue Star Museums, is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and more than 1,300 institutions in 50 states, including institutions for fine art, history and science. At the Penn Museum and other participating institutions, military personnel and their families only need to show valid I.D. for entry.

The Penn Museum has two relevant and timely exhibitions, including “Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan,” featuring more than 60 “war rugs,” which reflect the wartime life experiences of Afghans beginning with the Soviet invasion of 1979 and the country’s many upheavals throughout the early 21st century, and “Iraq’s Ancient Past: Rediscovering Ur’s Royal Cemetery,” which includes a world-renowned collection of artifacts discovered and excavated from the Royal Cemetery of Ur, in present-day Iraq.

For more information, visit the Penn Museum website at www.penn.museum or Blue Star Museums at www.arts.gov/national/bluestarmuseums.

Originally published on June 9, 2011