Blue Star Museums

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! 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 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. 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.

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.

Tips and activities for before, during, and after your visit to the museum

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Get ready for Summer Adventures!

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What's Happening with Blue Star Museums

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. […]

Make It a #BlueStarSummer with Your Family… and Win!

There’s nothing like a day on the beach. . . or a road trip. . . or a weekend in the mountains. . . or a little time by the community pool. . . or some time catching up on your book list. . . or. . . Summer means something for everyone. And for […]

Free Admission to Museums Nationwide for Military This Summer

For immediate release: May 16, 2018 Contacts: Liz Auclair (NEA), [email protected], 202-682-5744 Bana Miller (Blue Star Families), [email protected], 910-578-4841 Free Admission to Museums Nationwide for Military This Summer More Than 2,000 Museums Nationwide Participate in Blue Star Museums Washington, DC—For the ninth year, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that […]

Blue Star Museums Events

Sunday, June 24 2018, 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM PST

The Children’s Discovery Museum, Escondido, CA

The Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido

Join BSF at The Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido for a special Blue Star Museums, Spanish through Music event!

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