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

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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How Blue Star Families Celebrates Military Family Month Year-Round

It’s November. And you know what that means, right? Military Family Month! Technically, we dedicate every month, day, and week to showing our appreciation for and supporting our nation’s military families here at Blue Star Families. But we figured 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.