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.

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What's Happening with Blue Star Museums

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

Thursday, July 06 2017, 4:30 PM to 8:00 PM PST

Blue Star Museum: Family Fun Night at SDBG San Diego

San Dieguito Heritage Museum

Pack up the kids and enjoy some outdoor fun at Thursday Family Fun Night, every Thursday evening from June 1 – August 31 from 4:30 – 8 pm. From 6-7 pm don’t miss family-friendly entertainment designed to amuse both children and adults. This year, Thursday, Family Fun Night activities will be held at the San […]

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Sunday, July 09 2017, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM MST

Explora Military Family Day- Kirtland AFB

Explora Science Center & Children's Museum

BSF has partnered with Explora Science Center & Children’s Museum to provide a free military family day! Military kids will receive a free book, and admission is a “pay as you can” for military families for their yearly family memberships from now until the end of 2017.

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Saturday, July 15 2017, 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST

Blue Star Museums Bay Area Discovery Museum- Travis AFB

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

Join Blue Star Families and the Bay Area Discovery Museum as we enjoy a free day at the museum with a special Daniel the Tiger presentation and photo ops! We will also have great programs like woodworking, stuffed animal making, and digital sewing machine projects! We will also be spotlighting the free National Parks Pass […]

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Saturday, July 22 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PST

Insect and Ladybug Festival SDBG

San Diego Botanic Garden

Join Blue Star Families for a meet and greet with light refreshments during this fun event at the San Diego Botanic Garden.  You will find us set up on the Lawn House Patio with some light refreshments, and an opportunity for you to meet other military families in and around San Diego!  Admission to this […]

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Saturday, July 22 2017, 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM CST

The Witte Museum: Dinosaurs, Whales, and Wild Weather! San Antonio

The Witte Museum

Whales: Giants of the Deep at 10:30 In the Mays Family Center! See the largest artifact to ever be on display at the Witte Museum, a real skeleton of a male sperm whale measuring 58 feet long (or about 18 feet longer than a school bus). Self Guided at 11:00 am till 2 pm: Wild […]

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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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