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Blue Star Museums Program

Benefit overview

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families — in collaboration with the Defense Department and more than 2,000 museums across America. Through the Blue Star Museums initiative, free museum admission is offered to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and reserve, each summer from Armed Forces Day through Labor Day. Visit their site for a map of participating Blue Star Museums.

Be in the know

Here are some helpful things to know about the Blue Star Museums initiative:

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You’ll be in good company.

More than 2 million military families have enjoyed Blue Star Museums since the program launched in 2010. Join their ranks, if you haven’t already.

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Your ID card is your ticket to the museums.

Just show your common access card, or DD Form 1173 or 1173-1 identification card.

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Your admission is free, so there’s no need to limit yourself.

Explore fine art, history, science, children’s museums, arboretums, historical parks, nature centers and more. Find participating museums near you or along your summer travel route.

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Your Information, Tickets and Travel office can add to your fun.

As you map out your museum visits this summer, check with the office to find additional attractions in your area.

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You can enjoy a staycation in your new community.

If you’re settling into a new duty station, take a break from unpacking and explore. Visits to Blue Star Museums will help you get to know your new community and its people.

Make it a blockbuster summer by seeing how many Blue Star Museums you can explore. And stay up to date on the Blue Star Museums program by checking out the National Endowment for the Arts website. Also, be sure to take advantage of the other great opportunities your MWR program offers.

How to Access the Website

Visit Blue Star Museums for more information and to find participating museums each summer.

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