blue Star MuseumsEvery 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.

Arizona

Heard Museum in Phoenix

Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix

Mini Time Machine Museum in Tucson

CALIFORNIA

Walt Disney Museum San Francisco

COLORADO

Colorado Sports Museum Hall of Fame

Denver Firefighters Museum

History Colorado Center in Denver

FLORIDA

Tallahassee Museum

GEORGIA

National Infantry Museum in Columbus

RiverQuarium in Albany

ILLINOIS

Chicago History Museum 

Discovery Center Museum in Rockford

KANSAS

Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson

Old Cowtown Museum in Witchita

Botanica in Witchita

OHIO

Maritime Museum of Sandusky

Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky

Milan Museum Complex

OREGON

High Desert Museum in Bend

NEW JERSEY

Liberty Science Center in Jersey City near NYC

NEW YORK

Museum of Natural History in NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC

TEXAS

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

Who Qualifies

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.

Military Families get free admission to museums through Blue Star Museums