Blue Star Museums
The Blue Star Museum program offers free museum admission for Soldiers and their Families during the summer of 2013, from Memorial Day (May 27) until Labor Day (September 2). This program is part of a collaborative effort among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Department of Defense (DoD) and over 2,000 participating museums, and is available to active duty military personnel as well as the National Guard, Reserve and their Families.
There are Blue Star Museums in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa and Puerto Rico. Free admission is available at these museums to Soldiers and to those who have a Family member serving in Afghanistan or Iraq. The focus of the program is to enhance the lives of the one-million children who have at least one parent deployed. This program aims to offer these Families the chance to visit participating museums this summertime for free, at a time when many will have limited resources to do fun, enriching activities together.
Types of museums in the program include children's museums, history and science museums, fine art museums and nature centers. The goal is to offer a variety of fun and educational opportunities that allows all Family members to connect with activities they will enjoy.
To receive free admission, simply show your Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173-1 ID card or a DD Form 1173 ID card. Those eligible include active duty U.S. military from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve as well as NOAA Commissioned Corps, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and up to 5 additional Family members.
For more information, visit Blue Star Museums.