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Blue Star Museums

Blue Star Museums is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, in collaboration with the Department of Defense and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve. The 2023 Blue Star Museums program begins on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 2023 and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2023. For more information on Blue Star Museums, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Check the map below for 2023 participating Blue Star Museums, which include children’s museums, art museums, history and science museums, zoos, nature centers, and more. The map will be updated throughout the summer as museums continue to register for the program. Check back for the updated list.

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Visit Map


Registration is available for museums to sign up.

Museum Registration


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Banner photo: Military families play at the New Children’s Museum in San Diego, California, during a Blue Star Museums event on June 8, 2022. Photo by Brandon Colbert Photography