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Colonial Williamsburg is just one of many museums already visited by Blue Star Families since the Memorial Day program launch. (You can read our Colonial Williamsburg post here.) Photo by Steve Francis Photography

Blue Star Families members on Facebook told us all the best reasons to visit a Blue Star Museum over the long weekend, and I let them know about a few fun things in their area. Be sure to check the museums’ sites for holiday hours, and contact the museum to see if there are any exclusions to the Blue Star Museum free admission.

Karen Francis and Jaclyn Womack agree that air conditioning is the best reason to go inside and enjoy a museum with your family.

Jaclyn said, “I'm pretty sure the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum was only slightly more impressive for its displays than it was for its AC. (We had already done all the monuments in the heat and the AC was bliss!)”

Jaclyn and her friends might check out the Railroad and Heritage Museum in Temple, Texas. It’s got a cool (and A/C cool) exhibit of high style travel in the old days, and you can ever take a ride on Amtrak.

Andrea Beitler is a fan of the learning angle.

Andrea enthused, "The kiddos won't realize it’s educational!"

Andrea and her friends might check out the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in Bryan, Texas.  It’s got a great fossil collection and, according to its website, "There is no other museum within a 100 mile radius of Bryan and College Station which focuses on natural and cultural history and encourages human interaction with nature."

Amanda Alvarez says museums are worth a visit because there is something for everyone to appreciate and enjoy.

Amanda said, "My husband and I took advantage of the Blue Star Museum deal a couple weeks ago and hit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. From all of the paintings, to the statues, to the armor & weapons---there's something for everyone!"

Amanda and her friends might check out Lyndhurst, a completely restored Gothic mansion in Tarrytown, New York. Lyndhurst has authentic room settings, a 67-acre estate with all types of gardens, and hike and bike trails. Definitely something for everyone! Plus, they’re offering guided tours for July 5.

Susan Taylor Carvalho likes museums for what they offer to the community about the community.

Susan said, "[It’s an] opportunity to learn more about the community in which you live."

Susan and her friends might check out the Morris Museum of Art. A unique museum “located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, Georgia, the Morris is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of nearly 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present." Definitely something to learn about local culture there! Plus July 1st is Mix It Up! where you learn about color mixing and create a painting on canvas. The museum is also offering two tours on July 4th.

Jenny January likes museums because, "…at the museum, there will not be a TV playing yet another episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants!"

Jenny might find a television playing at the San Diego Hall of Champions Sports Museum, but I’m pretty sure it won’t include any SpongeBob! Jenny and her friends might also want to check out the Mingei International Museum in San Diego, where they can enjoy, "…the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world. Explore Southern California's largest and richest collection of mingei---art of the people." It should be interesting for all ages and preferences. If Jenny goes before July 4, she can catch the end of the Fifty-six Chinese Hat Boxes--and One Hat and the Transformed by Fire exhibits.

Karen Francis quickly said her favorite part of Blue Star Museums is that it’s FREE!

Everyone agreed! Karen said, "If I'm persuading a friend in the military family, hey, it's free, and you get to see something that may surprise, delight, educate and amuse you,'s free!"

Karen and her friends might want to check out Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, "a historic property located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Georgetown area. Firmly rooted in the community, Tudor Place Foundation’s mission is to educate the public about American history and culture. Its focus is on the historical development of the Federal City and the Nation’s Capitol Region from the 18th century as seen through the lens of Tudor Place, home of Martha Washington’s granddaughter and six generations of her descendants, the Custis-Peter family." If Karen goes on July 2, she can delight in the Ice Cream Social! It’s free for Blue Star Museum qualified families and runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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