Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, qualifying active duty military service members and their families can enjoy FREE admission to over 2,000 Blue Star Museums nationwide! There are Blue Star Museums all over the United States, including Washington DC, Puerto Rico and American Samoa!
UPDATE: Blue Star Museums are not operating in Summer 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) and Blue Star Families have suspended the program but are offering online activities, like Virtual Bingo, for families who would ordinarily be eligible for this program.
What are Blue Star Museums?
Blue Star Museums provide free admission for active duty military service members and their families. This is a nationwide “thank you” for the sacrifices that military families make every day.
Who qualifies for Blue Star Museums?
To qualify, a family must have a family member serving in the military on active duty. National Guard and Reserve members, US Public Heath Service Commissioned Corps and NOAA Commissioned Corps also qualify.
The active duty servicemember does not need to be present in order for the family to gain free admission. Your family can use this benefit while your eligible family member is deployed or simply unable to attend the museum for any reason.
Please note that veterans and retirees are NOT eligible for participation with the Blue Star Museums program. Parents with a child on active duty, or parents who have lost a child that was serving on active duty, are also not eligible. The program was specifically intended to support families, especially the children, of active-duty and deployed military members.
What do I need to bring to the museum?
For entry, you must provide a Geneva Convention Common Access Card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID Card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID Card. Each card provides entry to the cardholder and up to five immediate family members. Family members are defined by the program as a spouse, child, aunt, uncle, grandparents or other close family member.
Families can go to the museum even if their qualifying service-member is currently deployed. Just bring your ID card!
What will I be able to do at the museum?
Your free admission through the Blue Star Museums program may have some limitations. It usually includes general admission only and does not include any paid upgrades for special exhibits or features.
How can I find a Blue Star Museum near me?
There are over 2,000 museums participating in this program nationwide. However, some of those museums offer free admission for everyone all year long. You can click here to find a Blue Star Museum in YOUR area!
Thank you for your service!
Thank you for your service and sacrifices on behalf of our country. Remember, you can always find resources for military families at LowIncomeRelief.com!