Every summer since 2002, Blue 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.
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. If you are a military member you should check out their website anytime you are traveling and hit a museum or two! This is a great way to save money and see more at the same time.
I must warn you though many of the museums that have participated in the past are sadly not participating this year. If you have visited a museum in the past you should make sure it is still on the list.
MUSEUMS TRAVELING MOMS HAVE VISITED
Lucky for y’all we’ve been to many of these museums and can highly recommend some of them. Here is a few we’ve been to and loved.
Heard Museum in Phoenix
Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix
Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson
History Colorado Center in Denver
Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson
Old Cowtown Museum in Witchita
Botanica in Witchita
Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky
Liberty Science Center in Jersey City near NYC
Museum of Natural History 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
Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio
This 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 arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.