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!


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

Visit a Blue Star Museum!

Last year, over 680,000 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.

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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.

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Latest Blue Star Museums News

One Outstanding Volunteer Making Blue Star Families Lives Better

At the heart of every military community are volunteers who go above and beyond to make their communities a great place for military families to live. The Blue Star Families (BSF) Salute to Distinction Award program recognizes the outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to our organization and formally thanks them for furthering the Blue…

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First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence to Serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of Blue Star Museums 2019

          For immediate release: February 28, 2019, 11:00am ET Contacts: Liz Auclair (National Endowment for the Arts), [email protected], 202-682-5744 Michele Bradfield (Blue Star Families), [email protected], 706-304-6822   First Lady of the United States Melania Trump and Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence to Serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of Blue…

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#OptOutside with BSF This Black Friday… and Win!

Thanksgiving leaves you feeling full (and honestly, kind of gross) after a day of turkey, stuffing, all the trimmings, and pie. (Lots of pie!) Solution: Get moving outside instead of heading to the mall! Take the dog for a walk. Enjoy a hike. Pump up the bike tires and explore your neighborhood. You’ll immediately feel…

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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.