Explore Museums for Free This Summer

Author: TAPS

Participation in Blue Star Museums is one of our favorite ways to enjoy the summer season! From Memorial Day through Labor Day each year, Blue Star Families partners with the National Endowment for the Arts to bring you free admission to more than 2,000 museums across the country. 

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We love this program because museums are great places to learn with your families, and create lasting memories. Our friends at the American Alliance for Museums found that "children who visited a museum during kindergarten had higher achievement scores in reading, mathematics, and science in third grade than children who did not." Museums are great places for exploring and discovering - whether those adventures take place with Monet, a stegosaurus, or wooly mammoth is up to you!  

The Blue Star Museums program is open to Active Duty military families and families of the fallen. The admission pass is a valid Department of Defense (DoD) dependent ID - to include a child's ID. In the case a family member of a fallen hero doesn't have a DoD ID, we advise families to call ahead to the museum and discuss with visitor services what other options of identification might be accepted. And here's the  fantastic part - you can bring up to five of your family members to join in the fun!

To find a list of participating museums, please explore the Blue Star Museums page. On it you will find helpful resources and some fun contests to enter!

Blue Star Families is happy to offer this program to TAPS families, and appreciates our robust partnership! Please feel free to email Laura at museums@bluestarfam.org with any questions. To get more information Blue Star Museums opportunities in your area, check out the Blue Star Families' website and Facebook page!

 The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and thousands of museums across the country. Leadership support is provided by the MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.