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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.

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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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 […]

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Blue Star Museums Events

Tuesday, May 29 2018, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST

Day at the Museum, Emerald Coast, FL

Emerald Coast Science Center

Join Blue Star Families as the Emerald Coast Science Center throws open their doors to military families. This complimentary, military-family-only event kicks off the Blue Star Museum summer season. Make sure to register and have your current active duty military ID with you when you arrive.

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Wednesday, June 06 2018, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM CST

Military after hours at Peoria PlayHouse Museum

Peoria Playhouse

Join us for an exclusive Blue Star Museums Event for active duty military families, including National Guard and Reserve.

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