Ready to picnic with Picasso?
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.
From Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, Blue Star Museums is great way to learn more about your community when PCSing or as part of your summer break vacation plans.
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.
The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as activated members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members. Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.
Please note: While a majority of our programs are open to veteran and retired communities, free admission to participating museums is only available at this time for active duty families with a valid ID. However many museums offer discounts and specials for military families at all levels, so be sure and check with your local museum.