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.

Visit a Blue Star Museum

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.

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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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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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Blue Star Museums Partners

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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.

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.