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.

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.

See a list of Participating Blue Star Museums

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

10 Reasons to Visit the Weems-Botts Museum in Dumfries, Virginia

Is your family currently stationed in the Virginia area? And you’re trying to figure out which Blue Star Museum you should pay a visit to next? If so, we’ve got a special treat for you today. Lisa Timmerman, the Executive…

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14 Blue Star Museums Worth Visiting Before the Season Ends

Has your military family celebrated the 10th season of Blue Star Museums by visiting a participating museum nearby for free?  If not, you need to! Now, if you’re wondering how you can squeeze the most out of this program before…

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The Greatest Benefits of Being a Member of Blue Star Families

Did you know that we have more than 150,000 members in our Blue Star Families network?  Yep, it’s true! So when membership is free, why in the world wouldn’t you want to join our growing family? But maybe your reason…

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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.