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 Locator

Parent Toolkit & Activities

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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.

Arts Are For Everyone

Blue Star Museums Partners

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