Memorial Day through Labor Day


The Mandarin Museum and Historical Society is one of more than 2000 museums across America and three in Jacksonville that are participating in Blue Star Museums for military personnel and their families this summer.

Blue Star Museums is 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 from Memorial Day through Labor Day to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. Since Mandarin Museum is always free, it welcomes military individuals and families during this time by offering them the member discount in the Museum Gift Shop.

This is an exciting time for military families to visit the Mandarin Museum because we are still observing the 150th Anniversary of the sinking of the U.S. Army Troop Transport steamship Maple Leaf with a special exhibit of rare Civil War artifacts. A second exhibit of interest, A Solider’s Story, focuses on the experiences of World War I, drawing on the personal letters and artifacts of a local resident, Marion Losco.