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Carriage museum welcomes military members and families

Published on July 6, 2018 7:22AM

Visiting children learned about the functions of an Old West chuckwagon at the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond. The museum participates in the Blue Star Museums programs, which offers free admission to members of the Armed Forces and some other agencies, along with up to five family members, through Labor Day weekend 2018.

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Visiting children learned about the functions of an Old West chuckwagon at the Northwest Carriage Museum in Raymond. The museum participates in the Blue Star Museums programs, which offers free admission to members of the Armed Forces and some other agencies, along with up to five family members, through Labor Day weekend 2018.

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RAYMOND — The Northwest Carriage Museum has become one of more than 2,000 museums across America offering free admission to military personnel and their families this summer.

The Northwest Carriage Museum is participating in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. A list of participating museums nationwide is available at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and the museums. The program runs through Labor Day, Sept. 3.

The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard — both active duty and reservists — plus National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum.

The Northwest Carriage Museum opened in 2002 with 21 vehicles in 2002, and has doubled it size. The Museum is now home to 51 horse drawn vehicles, artifacts and an interactive backroom fun for all ages! Located at Hwy 101 & State Route 6 in Raymond. Open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m,; for more information, call 360-942-4150 or visit www.nwcarriagemuseum.org



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