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Or scavenger hunt with a stegosaurus? How about snuggling up to a woolly mammoth for story time? Designed exclusively for you and your family, our Blue Star Museums program offers FREE ADMISSION to more than 2000 museums across the country. From up close viewings of world-renowned works of art to hands-on experiences designed to spark inquiry and creativity, Blue Star Museums guarantees great opportunities for military families to reconnect and create special summer memories.

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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.

This year, over 2,000 museums nationally generously offer active duty military families free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. We’ve had some great experiences with Blue Star Families across the country. We love getting feedback about Blue Star Museums, click here to share your Blue Star Museum experience!

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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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.

August 3, 2016

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 […]

July 29, 2016


A Hands-On Adventure, A Children’s Museum AHA! is a 4,000 square foot adventure space in Lancaster, Ohio featuring more than 30 hands-on exhibits and activities for children of all ages! The museum provides a place for your children to learn as they engage in their most important “work” of play. Kids can play bingo in […]

July 26, 2016

Blue Star Museums Events

Thursday, August 25 2016, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM PST

Blue Star Museum- San Diego Children’s Museum

Children's Museum

The New Children’s Museum in San Diego is hosting Blue Star Families for an exclusive opportunity to experience the museum before it opens to the public. Don’t miss this one time opportunity to have the museum to yourself! Continental breakfast will be provided. Come Think. Play. Create. with other military families. Space is limited, so […]

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Thursday, September 01 2016, 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM PST

Blue Star Museums- The Children’s Discovery Museum, Escondido

The Children's Discovery Museum

Come play, and learn about bugs with us as we have story time, crafts, and play time at the museum. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited, so register soon!

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Thursday, September 01 2016, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM PST

Blue Star Arts- San Diego

Embarcadero Marina Park South

The San Diego Symphony Orchestra is offering free tickets to their Concert Under the Stars for military members and their families.

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Saturday, September 03 2016, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM EST

Blue Star Museums- DC

Textile Museum

Join Blue Star Families at the Textile Museum’s Family Festival for a fun-filled day of artist demonstrations, hands-on crafts, and live performances. For more information, please email [email protected]