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 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.

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

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What's Happening with Blue Star Museums

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Hello, I’m Cameron and I want to share my awesome trip to a Blue Star Museum. My family and I went to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science with my Nana (who I haven’t seen in 2 years!). The trip was super fun with lots of things to explore. The first exhibit we saw […]

Blue Star Museums Art Talk with Kathy Roth-Douquet

When Kathy Roth-Douquet, the CEO of Blue Star Families, first approached the NEA about partnering on a program to show appreciation for military families, she expected that the program would take place over one weekend each summer. What she didn’t expect was that the proposed program, Blue Star Museums, would run from Memorial Day to Labor […]

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 Events

Sunday, July 30 2017, 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM EST

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum: New York

Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Join BSF at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum for a military family friendly event. We will receive a 2 hour hands-on tour of the museum. For more information, please email Tina at

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Saturday, August 26 2017, 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM EST

Blue Star Museums: National Portrait Gallery DC

National Portrait Gallery

It’s Military Family Appreciation Day at the National Portrait Gallery. There will be a live bluegrass band, private tours with a curator, kids’ activities, and popcorn!

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Saturday, August 26 2017, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM MST

Blue Star Museums: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Kirtland AFB

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

To round out the Blue Star Museum season, Blue Star Families will host our last Blue Star Museum event at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science! We will have books to give out to our military children in attendance. We will also have a scavenger hunt around the museum, so don’t forget […]

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