Blue Star Museums

Whether you want to blast off at a science museum, take a walk through nature, encounter animals at the aquarium or meet your heroes at a historic site, Blue Star Museums can help you create memories! Museums across the country offer free family admission for active duty military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

It's family adventure time!

Participating museums across the country offer free family admission for active duty military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


Last year, over 900,000 military families visited Blue Star Museums. Our Chapter Directors plan special events and opportunities with museums from Alaska to Florida and points in between. We build things, create art, go on scavenger hunts and have fun together all summer long. Click here to find participating Blue Star Museums!


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Blue Star Museums

Parent Guide

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


Activity Sheet

Get ready for summer adventures with this fun activity sheet.


Find a Museum

Find a participating Blue Star Museum near you!

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Latest Blue Star Museums News

Here’s How to Visit Philadelphia’s ‘Castle on a Hill’

Wharton Esherick was born in Philadelphia on July 15, 1887 and knew from a very young age that he wanted to become an artist. His mother recalled turning over any piece of paper in their home and finding an illustration by Wharton – a habit that continued throughout his life. After attending the Central Manual…

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What You Should Know About This Orlando Blue Star Museum

Thanks to Jessi VanPelt, Communications Manager of Art & History Museums – Maitland for this Blue Star Museums guest post The original founder of the Art & History Museums – Maitland’s campus, Jules André Smith, was born in 1880 to American parents in Hong Kong, raised in New York and Connecticut, and educated at Cornell University.…

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Make It a #BlueStarSummer with Your Family… and Win!

There’s nothing like a day on the beach. . . or a road trip. . . or a weekend in the mountains. . . or a little time by the community pool. . . or some time catching up on your book list. . . or. . . Summer means something for everyone. And for…

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Blue Star Museums Partners


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.

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.