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Blue Star Museums

On view through January 5, 2020, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery (NPG) exhibit Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence examines the history of women's suffrage in the U.S. from 1832-1965. Comprising more than 120 portraits and objects, the exhibit is the centerpiece of the...
In the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens in Jacksonville, Florida, Rachel Snyder and her children wander around the Stein Gallery taking in the artwork. She and her family have been here before, but this time they are helping to celebrate the 10th summer of the National Endowment for the Arts’...
Hillwood Estate, Museum, and Gardens , a Blue Star museum located in Washington, DC, is the former home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, the “Post Cereal Heiress.” She inherited the Post Cereal Company from her father, C.W. Post, which—with her second husband E.F. Hutton—she built into the...
On Armed Forces Day (May 18th), one of my favorite programs at the National Endowment for the Arts began—Blue Star Museums. Now through Labor Day, more than 2,000 museums across the country will welcome active duty military personnel and their families free of charge. Since the National Endowment...
According to many museum educators, one of the best ways to prepare a child for an art museum is through books. While you can choose to read a book about the general museum experience , you can also hone in on a specific exhibit you plan to see and find books with corresponding themes and subjects...
While art museums can be wonderful places for sparking our imaginations, they can also be, well, a little intimidating. For one thing, it’s sometimes hard to see them as places of fun when you think you’re going to spend most of the time telling your kids, “No, don’t touch that!” And then, of...
From stimulating the imagination to exposure to new perspectives, the benefits of taking children to museums can’t be overstated. But how do you ensure these benefits don’t evaporate once you exit the museum’s doors? We’ve put together a few suggestions below to extend the life of your museum visit...
Want to visit ancient Greece, Australia, or the paleolithic era? Then Music City has a museum that's just right for you! From the history-focused Tennessee State Museum to the hands-on exhibits at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to an awe-inspiring look at ancient Greek architecture, this trio...
Located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum boasts more than 28,000 Western and American Indian artworks and artifacts in its collection. The museum, which was founded in 1955, hosts several galleries dedicated to everything from Native American culture to...
With more than 2,000 Blue Star Museums to choose from, it can be hard to pick which ones to put on your must-visit list. We can't help you narrow down your choices--we heartily believe the more museums the merrier!--but we can help you and your family make the most out of your visit to whichever...

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