Blue Star MuseumsBlue Star Museums offers free admission to the nation’s service members, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2015.

This year, more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa are taking part in the program.

This year’s Blue Star Museums represent not just fine arts museums, but also science museums, history museums, nature centers, and dozens of children’s museums.

New Museums Participating this Year

Among this year’s new participants are the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Florida, the Duluth Children’s Museum in Minnesota, the Space Station Museum in Novato, California, and the Lyon Arboretum at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. A list of participating museums is available at

Museums Traveling Moms Have Visited


Walt Disney Museum San Francisco


History Colorado Center in Denver


Tallahassee Museum


National Infantry Museum in Columbus

RiverQuarium in Albany


Discovery Center Museum in Rockford

Notebaert Nature Museum


Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson

Old Cowtown Museum in Witchita

Botanica in Witchita


Maritime Museum of Sandusky

Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky

Milan Museum Complex


High Desert Museum in Bend

Portland Children’s Museum

New Jersey

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City near NYC

New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC


Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin

Texas State Capitol in Austin

National Museum of the Pacific War in Fredericksburg

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