Blue Star Museums

The 2014 Season of Blue Star Museums is over ... 

What an incredible summer!  Blue Star Museums, a program that offers free admission to museums for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, didn't disappoint.  Thousands of milfams visited the 2,190 participating museums, science centers, art galleries and sculpture gardens all over the United States. You can read some of the guest blog posts here.

Yep, we are already planning for next year and we want it to be even better. Take a minute and give us your feedback. We'll read each and every response and take them into consideration when working on planning the 2015 season!

Blue Star Museums 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 has been provided by the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

Check out the map below as many incredible art centers, museums, and exhibits offer FREE or discounted entrance for all active duty, National Guard & Reserve military personnel & their families throughout the year. 

In the meantime, follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuse, on Facebook, and read the BSF blog and the NEA Art Works blog.

Find Participating Museums in Your Area.



A HUGE THANK YOU to all the Blue Star Museums. Your gift to our community is illustrated on the gleeful faces of military families stationed all over the US. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 through Labor Day, September 1, 2014.

At Blue Star Families, through our programs and advocacy, we strive to both support and improve the lives of all military families - active duty, veteran, and retired. Although all other Blue Star Families programs are open to our veteran and retired population, Blue Star Museums is for active duty families only. As much as we would like to see the program open to all, the pass for entrance is an active duty military ID. However, many museums offer discounts and specials for military families so be sure and check with your local museum. The program was originally set up for the families of deployed service member and we are pleased that we can open to all active duty. 

Please check out our other Blue Star Families programs to see if we can offer you and your family any other benefits. Don't forget about Blue Star Theatres. Over 100 theatres nationwide offer discounted or free admission to shows for active duty, veteran, and retired military families. Check out details here!

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 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. To find participating museums and plan your trip, visit

All summer long, Blue Star Museums will share stories through social media. Follow Blue Star Museums on Twitter @NEAarts and @BlueStarFamily, #BlueStarMuse, on Facebook, and read the NEA Art Works blog for weekly stories on participating museums and exhibits.

Museums that wish to participate in Blue Star Museums may contact, or Wendy Clark at 202-682-5451.