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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!

It's Family Adventure Time!

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

Start planning for next summer!

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.


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

The Blue Star Parks & Museums Meet-Ups Around the Country You Need to See (Part II)

Remember when we shared a behind the scenes look at Blue Star Parks meet-ups just last month? (If you missed it, check it out here.) Well, today is the second and final part of our behind-the-scenes series! A big THANK…

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Thank You to the NEA for a Fantastic Blue Star Museums Season!

We’re closing the chapter on the 10th season of Blue Star Museums. And what a season it was!  From Armed Forces Day through Labor Day, military families around the country visited more than 2,000 participating museums offering free admission through…

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September 2019 Newsletter

Last Chance to Vote Blue Star Families Voting ends this month for Jolly Time Pop Corn’s “Help Our Troops” campaign, which focuses on supporting service members and their families. It’ll take less than two seconds of your time, and we’d…

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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.