Drayton Hall is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families this summer in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and learn more about their new communities after a military move.
“We thank the Blue Star Program for this opportunity to again be part of this wonderful effort to show appreciation for our active-duty military and their families,” said Kristine Morris, director of communications at Drayton Hall. “We look forward to welcoming them to Drayton Hall for a day of discovery as they tour this cultural and architectural icon of colonial America and the oldest preserved plantation house in the nation still open to the public”
- A professionally guided tour of the house*
- The interactive “Connections: From Africa to America” program presented twice daily
- The 18th-century African-American cemetery, one of the oldest documented African-American cemeteries in the nation still in use
- Self-paced nature walks
- Our popular Museum Shop with a collection of signature merchandise inspired by Drayton Hall’s history and architecture.
*All guests are placed on the next available house tour – please check our website for hours and tour times. Please note that a $2.00 discount on adult admission is still available to retired military during this period.
Who is Eligible & What I.D. is Required:
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes 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. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. To find all participating museums, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.
Leadership support for the Blue Star Program has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.