Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums Rolls Out the Welcome Mat in 2021

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel, including the National Guard and Reserves, and their families.

The 2021 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day—Saturday, May 15, 2021, and ends on Labor Day—Monday, September 6, 2021. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see the FAQ page of the National Endowment for the Arts. Participating museums look forward to welcoming you in accordance with local safety protocols.

The program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and thousands of museums across the country. Leadership support is provided by the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Blue Star Museums

Parent Guide

A guide for before, during, and after your museum trip.

Activity Sheet

Get ready for summer adventures with this fun activity sheet.

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Latest Blue Star Museums News

July 2020 Newsletter

Jolly Time Helps Troops This Summer We’re honored to be selected by Jolly Time Pop Corn as a beneficiary of its “Help Our Troops” campaign! Show your support by voting for Blue Star Families here and purchasing a Jolly Time…

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2019 Year in Review: Blue Star Families Volunteers Making an Impact

2019 is nearly over, friends. While we’re looking forward to all that 2020 (and an entirely new decade) will bring, today, we’re looking back on the incredible year Blue Star Families volunteers had.  Why? Because our volunteers deserve all the…

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Meet 3 Volunteers Who Are Grateful for BSF Volunteer Opportunities

As William Arthur Ward once said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” And if you don’t know by now, we really love to express our gratitude for our volunteers⁠—not only during…

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First Lady, Melania Trump agrees to serve as Honorary Chairman of Blue Star Museums 2019 in celebration of our historic 10th Season! (PDF)

First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States, Karen Pence share a letter in appreciation of Blue Star Museums.

Message from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, on behalf of Joining Forces in appreciation of Blue Star Museums.