The Springfield Museums offer free admission as a way to express gratitude
On a rainy day in August, Steven McCullough, his wife Susan, and their children came to the Wood Museum of Springfield History to celebrate his re-enlistment in the Navy. Lieutenant Commander Christopher Calhoun, who was serving as the re-enlisting officer, shook the hands of McCullough, Susan, and each of their kids—who took the ceremony quite seriously and looked at their dad with a quiet awe. Susan’s parents, Ed and Cathy Silvia also looked on.
The Springfield Museums felt honored the family chose the Civil War section of the museum to hold the re-enlistment ceremony. And it got us thinking.
“We offer free admission all summer to enlisted people as a Blue Star Museum,” President of the Museums Kay Simpson said. “We wanted to do more to honor those who serve our country.”
The Springfield Museums are pleased to welcome veterans and active duty personnel to the museums with a complimentary ticket all year round. After showing their military, work ID or badge, veterans and active duty personnel receive free admission to the Museums.
During the summer months, Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Museums participate as a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.