It’s Family Adventure Time!

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 this summer. Participating museums across the country offer free family admission for active duty military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Download our Parent Toolkit to prepare for your visit.

Last summer over 900,000 military families visited Blue Star Museums. We are aiming to reach 1,000,000 this year and so Blue Star Families is pulling out all the stops! Our Chapter Directors are planning special events and opportunities with museums from Alaska to Florida and points in between. We will be building things, creating art, going on scavenger hunts and having fun together all summer long. Click here to find participating Blue Star 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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Gearing Up for Blue Star Museums 2017!

Get ready to plan your next Blue Star Families Adventure! We are actively working with our partner, the National Endowment for the Arts, to sign up museums across the country to participate in the Blue Star Museums program this summer. Museums from Maine to Hawaii and Alaska to Florida, participate by opening their doors for […]

Blue Star Museums 2016 Recap

Like the Olympics in Rio, the Blue Star Museum Program set records this summer too! 2,052 museums participated, more than any prior season. 18 signature museum events took place from Alaska to Florida, from Tacoma to Texas, helping families connect and create special memories. Blue Star Families dressed up like baseball players in Washington, DC […]


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

Blue Star Museums Events

Saturday, June 03 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST

Blue Star Museum: The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science- Kirtland AFB

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Kick off the summer at a Blue Star Museum! Join Blue Star Families at The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science for a fun scavenger hunt! Be sure to stop by the Blue Star Families’ table for all the details!

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Sunday, June 04 2017, 11:00 AM to 3:00 AM CST

First Sundays for Families: Sense-A-Tional: Multisensory Day

San Antonio Museum of Art

Let your five senses guide your artistic journey at this intriguing, inclusive family day. Participate in multi-sensory tours and art activities, including hummingbird puppets and Gyotaku fish prints. Join us at this awesome Blue Star Museum event!

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