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Ready to picnic with Picasso?

This past summer, over 2,000 museums generously offered active duty military families free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Museums from Florida to Alaska, and all points in between, provided opportunities for families to reconnect and create special memories. Blue Star Families played at children’s museums in Tacoma and San Diego, dressed up like baseball players in Washington, DC and like cowboys in San Antonio, went on scavenger hunts in Anchorage and Jacksonville, and met animals in Lincoln, MA and Walnut Creek, CA. In addition, thousands of families took advantage of the free summer admission and visited zoos and aquariums, historic sites and military museums, nature centers and art museums.

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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.

Message from First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, on behalf of Joining Forces in appreciation of Blue Star Museums.

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Way Cool Creativity Contest Results

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10 lucky military kid artists were randomly selected from amongst all the qualified entries in our Way Cool Creativity Contest.

Mac and Molly the Rabbits and Some Curious Chickens

These are just a few of the animals waiting to greet Blue Star Families at Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary this summer. According to Michael O’Connor, public relations manager for Mass Audubon, “ Drumlin Farm is a wonderful open space for all ages and interests. As both a working farm and a wildlife sanctuary, Drumlin Farm is a great place to see how people, nature, and farming can all work together in a way that protects our environment.

Spend Summer at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

With 2.5 acres of historic gardens on the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, FL, the Cummer Museum is the perfect blend of art, gardens and education to inspire imagination and excitement for all ages. You can spend all day discovering both traditional works of art in the galleries and living art outside […]

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